Chinese port central to Nippon Express’ inter-modal supply chain

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Japanese global logistics services Nippon Express will use the Port of Taicheng, China, as the centre of its new international, inter-modal Asia-Europe supply chain.

In a statement, Nippon Express said the new service will connect Taicang to major ports in Japan, including Tokyo, Yokohama, Nagoya, Osake and Kobe.

The inter-modal service will combine rail transport from Europe, including Hamburg and Duisberg, with Taicheng in the middle providing the main marine transport.

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The company said this will cut current ‘all-water’ transportation time from Japan to Europe from 40 days to approximately 26 days. Costs for said transportation will be 40% lower, Nippon Express estimates.

The announcement is an update to previous cross-border rail transport services between Asia and Europe, launched in November 2015 as a “third transport mode”.

Another inter-modal transport service from Japan to Europe via Dalian, China, using China-Europe railways was launched in May 2018.

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