With the extension of the "China-Europe Railway Express" between the mainland and Europe, China is actively supporting the economic development and the nations and areas along the "Belt and Road". This policy is to provide an additional fast rail freight service in addition to sea and air freight, which is also part of the multimodal transports offered by Neptune.
What is Sea-rail Multimodal Transportation?
Sea-rail multimodal transportation is the import and export of goods from the railroad to the coastal seaport directly by the ship, or goods transported by ship to the coastal seaport after the railroad out of only "one declaration, one inspection, one boundary clearance" can complete the entire process of a mode of transport.
Example of Sea-rail Multimodal Transportation
Multimodal sea transportation has a history of more than 50 years, and the percentage of sea-rail multimodal transports in established international ports typically ranges from 20% to 40%. For example, the port of Rotterdam, Netherlands, has direct access to the railroad container formation center (RSC) terminal, and the ease of the rail-water intermodal connection increases the percentage of sea-rail intermodal transport in the total throughput to more than 20%.
Additionally, the Port of Rotterdam cooperated with the China-Europe railway in 2019. With the support of the Rotterdam port shore and sea-rail multimodal transport mechanism, the policy established a more effective, convenient, and affordable logistics and transport channel (Chengdu-Tilburg) for the east coast area of Northern Europe to link to the central and western regions of China with cargoes primarily consisting of electronic equipment and aviation product components. The return cargoes primarily consist of milk powder, complete automobile vehicles, and auto parts.
The first container ship, the "Neptune Line " traveled from the Chinese port Guangzhou to Vladivostok. The ship was filled with furnitures, including lights and lanterns, communication equipment, chemicals, toys, and other items. After reaching the port of destination, some of these items will continue by train to Moscow.
"Neptune Line" is a multi-purpose container ship now operating on the Nansha-Vladivostok-Moscow section of the Ocean Logistics sea-rail particular line. The entire transit duration of the route is estimated to be 35 days.
"Neptune Line" saves transportation costs, improves transportation efficiency, and reduces the probability of changing containers in transit ports due to a shortage of containers. It is important to note that logistic companies, such as Maersk, Duffy and DHL, have all gradually left the Russian transportation market due to the conflict between Russia and Ukraine. This has decreased the country's access to shipping and transportation services, but Neptune is still expanding their business in Russia.
For 19 years, Neptune Logistics has operated many multimodal transport projects with a professional team and rich experience, providing you with the best quality service, affordable price and solving related logistics problems. If you want more details about sea-rail multimodal transportation, feel free to contact us.