China’s first perishables block train leaves for Russia

The first block train shipment of fresh produce has left Chengdu Qingbaijiang International Railway Port on a 16-day, 6,000-mile journey transit via Inner Mongolia using the northern route of the China Railway Express, and will terminate in Moscow. DB Schenker is operating the 11 reefer containers for Rollink, a China-based food trading company.

Trade grows between China and Europe have been focused on the central rail corridor supply chain land bridge through Kazakhstan. Less-than-container load consignments are now common, making the service vastly more attractive. Also active on the China–Europe rail trade is Denmark-based forwarder DSV.

The cost of shipping an FEU ranges from $7,000 to $9,000. The cross-border rail network now connects 35 Chinese cities with 34 destinations in Europe, and in 2017 a total of 3,270 train journeys were made on the China Railway Express.