COSCO SHIPPING’s Linyi-Huangdao sea-rail intermodal transport dedicated train service was officially launched earlier this month.
On 1 December the container train loaded with high-quality plates departed from Linyi Zhubao Railway Logistics Park.
The plates from Linyi will be transshipped to other parts of the world by COSCO SHIPPING’s foreign trade containership at Qingdao Port.
This is an initiative of COSCO SHIPPING Lines to create end-to-end, sea-rail intermodal transport services relying on the dense and efficient railroad network in the region to help local SMEs ship their goods.
Linyi City, Shandong Province, is known as the capital of China’s plate industry.
Local plate manufacturers have long been using trucks to transport their products to the ports. Since the cost of road transportation fluctuates greatly with the change of seasons and the transport capacity cannot be kept stable, this traditional transportation mode is becoming incapable of meeting the shipping needs of enterprises.
Based on the smooth operation of the train, COSCO SHIPPING Lines will take advantage of the inland railroad hub to provide customers with more efficient end-to-end sea-rail intermodal transport services and supply chain solutions to provide more convenience to local small and medium-sized plate manufacturers to have their products shipped overseas.
COSCO has also recently joined forces with Midea Group to build a new digital supply chain ecosystem.
Following a separate agreement signed in January 2021, both companies are now working together on building a new, high-level supply chain cooperation ecosystem under strategic framework.
On 8 February 2022, PTI will be holding its Intermodal Freight Forum Europe delving into the pressing challenges and trends in intermodal freight transport. The event is set to bring together senior decision-makers from the intermodal transport network, addressing a wide range of issues from data standardisation to the lack of capacity in ports and rail.
Registration for the event can be done here.