Maersk goes intermodal for chemicals between Spain-China

Maersk has organised another eastbound block train, this time connecting South-Eastern Europe and China. Departing from Madrid in Spain, the train’s final destination in China is Nasha, a district of  Guangdong province. Maersk organised the service with railway operator RTSB to accommodate the needs of a chemical company.

The service has a purely intermodal profile. During May, the cargo was transported by trucks from Carthagena, also in Spain, to Madrid. There, it onboarded the block train to Duisburg, crossed the EU borders through Małaszewicze and reached Hefei in China. From Hefei, it will reach Nasha by the end of June. The total travelling time will be 32 days in total, and the 37 40-foot container train carries chemicals.

More to come

Limited ocean capacities are the main driver for companies to turn to Eurasian rail. Especially when it comes to transporting chemical products, the cargo cannot afford delays. However, this type of transport also bears some complex characteristics, making the train to China even more successful, and paving the way for more similar services.

Indeed, the Spain-China connection worked quite flawlessly for Maersk. That is why the company already has another train from Spain to China in the pipeline. This time the train will head for Shanghai carrying 41 40-foot containers.

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Author: Nikos Papatolios

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

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