Feature, Freight News, Rail

Connecting the CR Express with “Belt and Road” Logistics Networks

[ June 22, 2018   //   ]

China is actively promoting economic and trade co-operation with countries and regions along the Belt and Road routes. This includes expansion of the China-Europe Railway Express (CR Express) network running between the Chinese mainland and Europe, providing express rail freight as an alternative to sea and air transport.

Since the 2011 launch of the CR Express service from Chongqing in western China to Duisburg in Germany, freight volume has risen considerably. Not only are western region Chinese manufacturers making greater use of CR Expresstrains to replace Europe-bound sea freight, coastal cities in the eastern region are also launching railway services, one after another.

Against this backdrop, logistics companies have begun to integrate rail freight services with sea and air networks in order to provide a more comprehensive international logistics service to clients. For example, Nippon Express (Shanghai) Co Ltd, a Japanese-funded company located in the Waigaoqiao Free Trade Zone, plans to provide rail freight services to Europe through the CR Express lines running from China’s coastal and inland cities. This is intended to support Nippon Express clients in capturing trade development opportunities between China and Europe, as well as the BRI.