Reporting on rail freight congestion from China to Europe, The Loadstar quoted the industry experts, Norman global Logistics, extensively to explain and outline the situation.
The stellar popularity of rail from China over the last few months, as the pandemic slashed air freight capacity, has been creating demand driven congestion and finally resulted in the transit delays recorded in our latest Market Update and featured extensively by The Loadstar.
Millions of tonnes of rail freight has been transported between China and Europe in the last quarter, as demand increased due to the COVID-19 pandemic limiting air and sea freight capacity.
Norman Global Logistics’ dedicated rail freight team manage exports and imports via dedicated terminals across China and Europe and have witnessed first-hand the massive increases of volumes triggered by the pandemic.
They have been tracking performance across the various rail routes and networks for our regular ‘Silk Road’ market updates, highlighting congestion at terminals and crossing points and recommending options to mitigate delays.
Short delays en-route are not unusual on some services, but with the volume of trains increasing by 40-50% across the variety of routes between China and Europe, congestion and the development of choke-points was almost inevitable.
Delays have been diminishing over the last 2-3 weeks and should return to normal over the course of this week.
We show below our recommended rail terminals and routes to cope with delays, but space remains very tight, so we recommend your earliest booking.
- Shippers in East China with POD Hamburg: Xian & Chongqing are the optimal options. Zhengzhou & Hefei are fully booked for the rest of July.
- Shippers in East China with PODs Duisburg & Liege & Munich & Neuss: Zhengzhou & Xian – Neuss express train are the optimal options.
- Shippers in South & North China with POD Malaszewicze: Taiyuan is the optimal option with three departures per week ( Mon, Wed, Fri)
- Shippers in South China shippers with PODs Hamburg/Duisburg Budapest & Prague: Chongqing is our recommendation, with a daily departure.
- Shippers in South & East China with PODs Poznan & Wroclaw: Chengdu is the recommended option (remaining departures in July are 24th & 31st).
- Shippers in North China with POD Duisburg & Hamburg: Xian is still not an option in our opinion until the situation has improved. Weihai- Chongqing is an option with two departures per week (Tue, Fri)