Air, Freight News, Logistics

Quick Cargo Service expands its rail transportation to China

[ June 7, 2019   //   ]

The established IATA forwarder Quick Cargo Service is supplementing its core business fields of air- and sea-freight and continuing to expand the China rail transportation operation it began in 2008. In addition to its established market in China, the firm is developing key goods markets in Japan, South Korea and, as its newest route, Vietnam.
“In an increasingly strong displacement market of the industry and retail customers, the so-called “China Train” is a transport market which continues to grow in strength. Because of the attractive runtimes from 16-19 days and the continuously improved conditions, it is ever more popular as an alternative to classical air and sea/air options. Increasingly our customers choose the container freight train option and help secure their competitiveness as a business and the market presence of their products”, summarizes Stephan Haltmayer, CEO of Quick Cargo Service.
The QCS Hamburg sea-freight/rail branch office includes comprehensive warehousing and distribution options and is located close to the freight train station. Besides Hamburg, the rail stations in Munich and Duisburg also play a large role for the company. For this reason the firm plans to open a new office in Duisburg in the coming year. In China Chonqing, Wuhan, Xian and Zhengzhou are the decisive rail hubs for QCS.
China has been an important market for Quick Cargo for many years: 40% of its revenue is derived from transportation from China and 34% from transportation to China.
Currently the business of the 45-year-old medium-sized company is divided into approximately 65% air-freight and 35% sea-freight. Despite the difficult market situation at present, the forwarder can look back on a successful first quarter in 2019. Increases of 5.1% in air-freight exports and more than 7% in imports are significantly above general market levels. Sea-freight has also been positive with increases in weight of 22% for imports and over 30% for exports.