Rail-sea cargo ser­vice to slash costs

China Daily (USA) - - BUSINESS - By YANG ZIMAN in Bei­jing andHUMEIDONG in Fuzhou Con­tact the writ­ers through yangz­i­man@ chinadaily.com.cn

The new Tai­wan-Ping­tanEurope rail-sea trans­port route will slash cargo costs be­tween China’s Tai­wan prov­ince and Europe, an of­fi­cial from Ping­tan in Fu­jian prov­ince said.

Once the ser­vices on the con­nected routes be­come reg­u­lar, it will cut trans­port costs, said Qian Peng, deputy di­rec­tor of the trans­porta­tion and con­struc­tion bureau of Ping­tan, which is part of the China (Fu­jian) Pi­lot Free Trade Zone es­tab­lished in 2014.

The trial run of the rail-sea link took place in­Novem­ber in 2015, which saw cargo trans­ported from Tai­wan Is­land to Ping­tan, and even­tu­ally to Ham­burg in Ger­many.

Ping­tan is ap­ply­ing for the nor­mal op­er­a­tion of the new link af­ter the trial run.

Sea trans­port be­tween Tai­wan Is­land and Europe takes about 32 to 45 days. Air trans­port takes seven days but costs at least 10 times more than via the sea route. By com­par­i­son, the sea-rail link takes only around 13 days, Qian said.

Com­pared with the air­lines, trans­port costs us­ing the com­bined route are cut 80 per­cent for heavy cargo and 30 per­cent for light cargo.

The main prod­ucts to be trans­ported on the route will in­clude elec­tron­ics, seafood, hard­ware, and con­sumer goods from the is­land.

time es­ti­mated to be needed for cargo to reach Europe through the new rail-sea link


A worker pre­pares for cok­ing coal pro­duc­tion at a plant in Wuhai, the In­ner Mon­go­lia au­ton­o­mous re­gion.

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