Tiger is the latest forwarder to add China-Europe railfreight to its portfolio, offering customers a 16-day transit time both east- and westbound, between Duisburg, Germany, and the cities of Hefei, Chongqing, and Chengdu in China. The service, called ‘Tiger Rail,”’ was launched over the Summer, transporting auto parts.
The New Silk Road, which started as an expensive – and experimental – mode is rapidly growing into a viable alternative to airfreight, especially for shippers looking to beat maritime’s slow transit times and airfreights steep price tag.
Paul Huang, Tigers China’s managing director explained that rail transport allowed Tigers to “provide integrated logistics for our customers, who increasingly require shorter transit times than oceanfreight, and lower costs than airfreight.”
Tiger Rail says that its customers can charter a train – or book full container load (FCL) or less-than-container load (LCL) shipments – on weekly scheduled services to and from more than 15 origin stations in China.
The new service also offers low-cost capacity on returning trains, given that there is an export volume deficit from Europe to China (not to be confused with a value deficit).
Tigers has already transport over 500 twenty-foot equivalent units (TEUs) as FCL, and 1,500 cubic meters as LCL along the New Silk Road rail route.
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