New service Nippon Express connects Japan to New Silk Road

Global logistics company Nippon Express offers a new freight service connecting Japan to the New Silk Road via air and sea. It offers two routes to Duisburg in Germany, via two locations in China and departing from nine locations in Japan under the banner ‘Eurasia Train Direct (Sea & Rail)’.

One route connects Japan to the railway network through maritime transport. Vessels depart from the Japanese ports of Tokyo, Yokohama, Nagoya, Osaka, Kobe to arrive in Dalian, China. From there, cargo will be transported to Germany. The total trip takes 28 days in the shortest, substantially shorter than the conventional “all-water” maritime journey of 40 days, according to Nippon Express.

Another service utilises air transport, departing from the Japanese airports of Narita, Haneda, Chubu and Kansai. The flight takes cargo to Chongqing, China, where it will hit the rails to Duisberg. “Customers may choose either container charter (FCL) service or consolidated transport (LCL) service, depending on the volume of cargo. The lead time from Narita Airport to Duisberg Rail Terminal can be 22 days for FCL and 24 days for LCL in the shortest”, the company explained. The services will commence this month.

Author: Majorie van Leijen

Majorie van Leijen is editor of, online magazine for rail freight professionals.

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