FELB route Guangzhou to Europe. Photo: FELB

FELB offers reduced transit time Ganzhou-Europe

FELB route Guangzhou to Europe. Photo: FELB

The Far East Land Bridge (FELB), one of the main operators on the New Silk Road, announced to have reduced the journey time between Ganzhou and several European destinations with one or two days, due to improved logistics procedures.

Ganzhou is a city in the southeast of China. Railway services offered by FELB take the northern route, entering Russia through the Inner Mongolian border crossing at Manzhouli and switching to European standard gauge at the border crossing of Brest-Malaszewicze. From there, the train calls on destinations as Warsaw, Hamburg, Duisburg and Milan.

Transit time

Whereas most operators have offered a 16-day journey time between the southeastern cities of China and Moscow, FELB is now able to reach Malaszewicze in the same time. Further, it offers a transit time to Warsaw of 17-18 days, to Hamburg and Duisburg of 19 days and to Milan of 21-22 days.

Transit times are crucial for the success of rail freight along the Eurasian corridors as this is the main advantage over ocean freight, which is currently three to four times cheaper. Transit times are believed to be reduced by infrastructural improvements and efficiency gains along the entire transport chain. The latter is a main point of focus for operators and logistics companies.

Author: Majorie van Leijen

Majorie van Leijen is the editor-in-chief of RailFreight.com, the online magazine for rail freight professionals.

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