In response to customers’ ever-changing supply chain needs in the current extraordinary times, Maersk introduces a new rail-sea offer connecting Asia to Europe through Central Asia.
Departing from various locations in China, a new Maersk service connects China and Europe via Kazakhstan, Azerbaijan, Georgia, and Romania in about 40 days.
“Aiming to create agile and creative solutions to our evolving customer’s needs, this revamped service comes at the perfect time to help ease current logistics woes. We have listened to our customers and developed a solution that provides them with an alternative and eco-friendly intermodal connection between Asia and Europe. Over 90% of the Middle Corridor rail service is electrified,” said Maia Parlagashvili, Global Product Manager for Intercontinental Rail at Maersk.
After passing the border of Khorgos between China and Kazakhstan, containers arrive by rail at the station of Aktau, where they are loaded on a barge to Baku in Azerbaijani. From there, containers are railed to APM Terminals Poti, Georgia, where they are being loaded onto feeder vessels to Constanta, Romania. Then the cargo is railed to various destinations across European countries.
Maersk started developing this new route back in March and already in April had the first departure from China, serving customers from lifestyle, automotive and household appliances industries.
“The Corridor has sufficient open capacity, allowing our customers to strengthen their supply chain resilience by having an alternative route to Ocean and Air services,” added Ms Parlagashvili.
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