ART Logistics has started a new sea-rail service connecting Southeast Asia with Central Asia
The new service connects Singapore, Malaysia, Indonesia, Vietnam and Thailand with Central Asia.
Cargo is moved by sea from the ports of Jakarta, Port Kelang, Bangkok, Haiphong, Keelung and Singapore. Shipments are then routed by rail through the China corridor, from Lianyungang in north-eastern China to the Kazakhstan border crossings of Dostyk and then on to Almaty, the country’s major commercial center.
ART Logistics also provides the same service from the border to other Central Asian countries including Uzbekistan, Azerbaijan and Kyrgyzstan.
“The route from China to Central Asia has been underused in the past, as you need to have expertise in managing rail operations across Central Asia, and ART Logistics has its own team of professionals who ensure all documentation is in order at the China-Kazakhstan border," ART Logistics' Tatiana Serova said. "This ensures seamless transit for all shipments.”
ART Logistics moves door-to-door and uses its own private pool of containers, which it says provides a cost-effective and flexible service to a wide range of cities across Central Asia.
“Not every shipping line has container drop-off points in Central Asia, but ART Logistics has its own box fleet and an extensive network of drop-off locations within the region, as well as the on-the-ground transportation solutions,” Serova said.
ART Logistics also utilizes its own container fleet for eastbound back loadings from Central Asia to China, in order to make the equipment turn-around more cost-effective.
Transit times from South East Asia to major trade centers such as Almaty in Kazakhstan are around 36 days if documentation is prepared before dispatch.
Shipments to Central Asia comprise general cargo including a wide range of consumer goods, dried and canned foods, as well as project shipments for the oil and gas industry. - Chris Dupin