Geodis Wilson said it has expanded its Asia-Pacific operations to include domestic rail freight services in China, and plans to offer intercontinental service between China and Europe.
"Freight transport by rail is growing in China. It is considered a viable alternative to road transport because of its safe, efficient and environmentally friendly nature. Rail transport experiences a strong political and social support in China, which makes it certain to develop considerably in the near future," th company said.
“In Geodis Wilson we follow closely the development of this segment, particularly when it involves intercontinental connections between China and Europe,” said Kim Pedersen, executive vice president of Geodis Wilson, in a statement. “We are targeting customers who are looking for an alternative to air freight with a longer lead time.”
Geodis Wilson said its new Chinese rail freight service will offer "customized, flexible, and reliable door-to-door services. Shipment of goods on container block trains as well as all pre- and post-rail transportation services will be offered. These value-adds will include, pick-up, pre-carriage and on-carriage, reloading, control of trans-shipments, railway wagon planning, freight documentation and real-time tracking and tracing."
The company said it will launch services for 20- and 40-foot full containerloads and breakbulk cargoes from China to Central Asia, Mongolia, Russia and Europe. It said this builds on its already existing services to Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, Uzbekistan, Turkmenistan and Mongolia for a number of key customers including Dunlop Taikoo (Jinjiang) Aircraft Tyres Co., Mindray Medical International Ltd., TLD Asia Ltd., Sino Energy (Beijing) Co., Kashgar Tiandeli Industry Co. - Chris Dupin