CEVA Logistics rail agenda expands with strategic Eurasian links

CEVA Logistics started 2022 by expanding its products between Asia and Europe. It launched some new services and updated existing ones. Turkey is now in the company’s network as it offers daily connections between the Halkali terminal in Istanbul and Duisburg in Germany using its own equipment. Moreover, it provides a block train solution linking Vietnam and Germany via China with weekly trips.

At the same time, the company also increased its multimodal services linking China with southeastern Asian destinations like Thailand, Malaysia and Singapore. The multimodal connection between China and Southeast Asian countries was already there for CEVA. The company launched it in June 2020, at the peak of the Covid pandemic, as a response to the decreased flights, capacity limits, operational restrictions and waiting times in border crossings.

The emergency service did well as the company’s officers expected when they called it the best possible option in the region. As a result, they added a new one to their portfolio. However, the other two services between Turkey-Germany and Vietnam-China are new, connecting well-established and rapidly growing markets.

Focus areas

By adding Turkey and Vietnam to its network, CEVA seems to be developing a pattern. The countries are in opposite parts of the world; however, they share a common characteristic. Both are industrial powerhouses that produce various products and are ideal destinations for exports.

Between the Halkali terminal in Turkey and Duisburg in Germany, CEVA Logistics will run daily trips with a transit time of six days. In this direct connection, it will deploy its own mega-box trailers and 45 High Cube Pallet Wide (HCPW) containers.

As for Vietnam-Germany, the company launched a block train service that runs to Europe after passing through China. CEVA says that this service can also be combined with other multimodal truck-rail and sea-rail solutions to enhance connectivity between Southeast Asia and Europe.
The service’s launch results from a very successful year, where CEVA saw its China-Europe services more than doubling. In 2021, the company operated 135 block trains compared to 50 in 2020.

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Author: Nikos Papatolios

Nikos Papatolios is editor of RailFreight.com, the online magazine for rail freight professionals.

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