Kuehne+Nagel launches new China-Europe service
Freight forwarder Kuehne+Nagel’s (KN) ‘Eurasia Express’ is the latest cargo service to link China and Europe. The new less-than-container-load service, taking 14-18 days, will make its way from Wuhan to Poznań, Duisburg and the Port of Hamburg via Russia.
Complementing the firm’s existing full container load (FCL) service for import and export shipments, the less-than-container-load (LCL) option, which is the transportation of small ocean freight shipments not requiring the full capacity of a standard sea container, is targeting customers from the automotive, hi-tech and fashion industries in particular.
With the addition of the KN Eurasia Express out of the Wuhan hub, the new service means Kuehne+Nagel now serves more than 50 collection points across China, including key trading locations such as Shengyang, Chongqing, Chengdu and Zhengzhou.
Otto Schacht, member of the Management Board of KN International AG, said: “KN Eurasia Express represents a perfect mobility chain door to door. With transit times of between 14 and 18 days from departure to destination terminal, we offer our customers much faster delivery times compared to maritime transport, at lower costs compared to airfreight. Reliable departure and transit times ensure planning reliability. By using our KN Login information platform, our customers can also access fully transparent information about the status of their deliveries.”
With cargo security a huge issue, KN says it ensures the highest security standards at terminals and, in particular, enhanced container seals for its KN Eurasia Express shipments. GPS-based data monitoring delivers real-time data on temperature, humidity, pressure, light exposure and position of the containers. Temperature-sensitive goods can be shipped in 45-foot long reefer containers.
The KN Eurasia Express product also covers countries in the European periphery. First block trains have already been successfully dispatched to Turkey, while additional LCL services are being planned between China and Russia.