China's first direct rail freight train arrives London

Aramex introduces door-to-door delivery via Silk Road

© Licensed to London News Pictures. 18/01/2017. Photo credit: Peter Macdiarmid/LNP

Logistics company Aramex has introduced a door-to-door delivery service from Shanghai to Europe, making use of the Eurasia rail connection. Depending on the route, it promises to deliver items within less than three weeks, offering a pre-carriage, block train and on-carriage service along the way.

A block train departs from Suzhou in China, Manzhouli in Inner Mongolia, Duisburg in Germany and Amsterdam in the Netherlands. Through an existing network within Europe the delivery can be carried forward to Paris, Antwerp, Madrid, Barcelona, Milan, London, Manchester, Dublin, Cork and Lisbon. On the other side, it says to pick up deliveries within a 300 kilometer radius from Shanghai.

Rail freight

Aramex is a logistics company with its headquarters in Dubai. The focus of its operations was traditionally the MENA region, with recent expansions to the European continent. However, it saw opportunities in the Eurasia rail connection, which fit well into their operating model of using existing transportation routes.

Although using rail transport is not new to Aramex, the Shanghai-Europe connection is. The company points out faster delivery, lower costs, reliability and simplicity as the advantages of the connection compared to sea or air freight. “We offer the perfect solution for goods that require faster run times and reduced costs compared to air freight, such as automotive, engineering, high-tech or fashion products. Per train there is no port congestion or delayed departures. Moreover, we offer a first-hand clearing from pick-up to customs brokerage and to delivery at the destination”, Aramex explains.

Etihad rail

In 2013 the company signed an agreement with Etihad Rail, operator and developer of the UAE’s rail network under development. This network is to be linked to rail networks in other Gulf countries. The agreement strengthened its multi-modal transportation capabilities and reduced cross-border logistics costs and processes, Aramex commented at the time.

Author: Majorie van Leijen

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

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