A.P. Moller – Maersk (Maersk) has launched a new rail-sea service connecting Asia to Europe through Central Asia.
The latest offering from the Danish giants departs from various locations in China and travels through Kazakhstan, Azerbaijan, Georgia, and Romania.
“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,” said Maia Parlagashvili, Global Product Manager for Intercontinental Rail at Maersk.
“We have listened to our customers and developed a solution that provides them an alternative and eco-friendly intermodal connection between Asia and Europe. Over 90 per cent of the Middle Corridor rail service is electrified.”
After passing through the border of Khorgos between China and Kazakhstan, containers arrive by rail to the station of Aktau where they are loaded on a barge to Baku, Azerbaijan.
From there, boxes are railed to APM Terminals (APMT) Poti, Georgia, where they are loaded on a feeder vessel to Constanta Romania. The cargo is then railed to various destinations across Europe.
Transit time from China to Romania is said to take 40 days.
“The Corridor has sufficient open capacity, allowing our customers to strengthen their supply chain resilience, by having alternative route to Ocean and Air services,” continued Parlagashvili.
In other recent news, Maersk has recently extended its partnership with Decathlon to optimise last mile delivery in Singapore.
With this announcement, the company will soon be able to offer an end-to-end solution with last mile – the last leg of supply chain operations – eDelivery provided by third parties, offering Decathlon’s customers real-time tracking and visibility of each parcel via a single platform.