The GEFCO Group has welcomed its first full container loaded train to France coming from China after an 11,000 km journey.
The train transported 40 ft containers from Wuhan, China, to Dourges, North of France, for its client PSA, in less than three weeks.
An exceptional journey through the Silk Road
The block train left Wuhan, China, on November 3, 2017, transporting the containers through Kazakhstan, Russia and Belarus. The United Transport and Logistics Company (UTLC), a consortium of railway companies, provided services on the 1520* mm railway section between Dostyk (Kazakhstan) and Brest (Belarus).
The block train continued its journey through Poland and Germany before arriving to Dourges Terminal in France on November 22, 2017. After clearance, the shipment was distributed directly to the plant of Française de Mécanique, a PSA subsidiary, in Douvrin, North of France.
After a journey through seven countries along the Silk Road trade corridor, at an average pace of around 600 km per day, the train, charged with 40 ft containers, arrived to destination within less than three weeks.
GEFCO managed and coordinated the project, with the railway partners in the different countries, together with the teams of GEFCO Forwarding based in Shanghai, Moscow and Paris.
GEFCO manages a monthly average volume of 300 TEU * * transported by rail in both directions
“With over 65 years’ experience in logistics, GEFCO has been operating rail shipments from Asia to Europe for over four years. The Group has been supporting the growing trade between the two continents as well as container deliveries by rail, continuously looking for new cost effective, flexible, reliable and secure solutions to meet customers’ requirements and support their business development,” said Anthony Gunn, Executive Vice President of GEFCO Freight Forwarding.
GEFCO has been present in China since 1995, with more than 2,000 employees, 10 offices and partners covering almost all the region. The Group is also present in Vietnam, Thailand and South Korea.
*1520 zone refers to the width of the standard railway track in Russia. This zone includes CIS countries, Ukraine, Georgia, Turkmenistan, Baltic countries, Mongolia and Finland.
** TEU (Twenty-foot Equivalent Unit) is a unit of cargo capacity used to describe the capacity of a 20-foot-long (6.1 metres) intermodal container.