From China to Europe, New Road Service Provides Increased Lead Time
CEVA Logistics Greater China and the IRU Celebrate Trucking Trial Success
After an 11-day journey beginning in Khorgos, China, the first TIR truck sent by CEVA Logistics Greater China successfully arrived at its final destination in Poland, minus issues or problems with Customs.
“This is a day to remember. Together with our partners, we have trialed TIR all the way to Europe today the very first time,” CEVA Road & Rail Director Kelvin Tang said.
The initiative, jointly spearheaded between CEVA Logistics Greater China, the IRU and CEVA partners Alblas and Jet-rail provides a lead time between 10-15 days and is reported to be up to 50% faster than rail.
“Thanks to the implementation of the TIR system this year, and the great support of IRU, the Research Institute of Highway Ministry of Transport (RIOH), and the Xinjiang government, we were able to make this trial run happen together with our partners Jet-rail International Transportation in Shanghai and Alblas International Logistics in the Netherlands,” says Torben Bengtsson, Executive Vice President of CEVA. “The trial proves that the TIR carnet issued in China is accepted in the transit countries en-route to Europe. The Government, IRU, RIOH and many other parties worked together to remove barriers and uncertainties.
Timing of the successful trip aligns perfectly with the recent implications supporting the Belt and Road Initiative efforts. With six months of preparation behind the trial, this success creates a plethora of trade opportunities within the Chinese and European markets.
IRU Secretary General Umberto de Pretto added, “This first TIR journey by road from China to Europe is a win-win-win model for business, trade and governments and will be a game changer for cross border transportation in China. It shows that the system is secure and also highly competitive in terms of cost and time relative to other modes of transport on similar routes. It will boost trade between China and Europe, which will help China and the countries along the Belt & Road route to reap the economic and development rewards of international road transport. It is also a wakeup call to European hauliers who can seize the opportunity to benefit from round trip operations.”
Source: CEVA Logistics