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After more than six months prepa­ra­tion, CEVA Lo­gis­tics Greater China has sent the first ever TIR (Trans­ports In­ter­na­tionaux Routiers) truck from Khor­gos, China via Kaza­khstan to Europe. The trial run was on 13 Novem­ber, 2018 and was suc­cess­fully op­er­ated as a joint ini­tia­tive be­tween CEVA Lo­gis­tics, the IRU (In­ter­na­tional Road Trans­porta­tion Union) and CEVA’S part­ners Al­blas and Jet-rail. The truck ar­rived in Poland on 24 Novem­ber, with no dis­rup­tion or Cus­toms is­sues after 11 days on the road.

The new road ser­vice will de­liver a cost sav­ing of about 50% com­pared to air op­tions. With a lead time door-to-door of be­tween 10 to 15 days, it will be 30-50% faster than rail.

Cus­toms sealed in Khor­gos, the first TIR truck from China to Europe started its 7,000 kilo­me­ters jour­ney via Kaza­khstan, Rus­sia and Be­larus to Poland in the af­ter­noon of 13 Novem­ber

“This is a day to re­mem­ber. To­gether with our part­ners, we have tri­aled TIR all the way to Europe to­day the very first time,” said Kelvin Tang, Di­rec­tor Road & Rail” at CEVA Lo­gis­tics Greater China.

Un­doubt­edly con­tribut­ing to the suc­cess of the Belt & Road Ini­tia­tive in the near fu­ture, the in­ter­na­tional cus­toms tran­sit sys­tem TIR be­came ac­tive for the Peo­ple’s Repub­lic of China in May 2018.

“Since then we started to in­ves­ti­gate the pos­si­bil­ity and fea­si­bil­ity of road trans­porta­tion from China to Europe in or­der to find an al­ter­na­tive to the es­ca­lat­ing air freight mar­ket,” says Tor­ben Bengts­son, Ex­ec­u­tive Vice Pres­i­dent of CEVA Lo­gis­tics Greater China. “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.”

Um­berto de Pretto, IRU Sec­re­tary Gen­eral, con­grat­u­lated CEVA Lo­gis­tics and its part­ners on the suc­cess of the trial: “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 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.”

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