Maersk has launched a new freight service linking Korea, Japan and China to the Kaliningrad Region in Russia, the Baltic countries, and Poland through Trans-Siberian.
Fully operational as from this week, the new AE66 service Sea-Rail-Sea service runs west-bound fortnightly departing from the seaport of Vostochniy in Russia Far East (at the Pacific to Kaliningrad on the Baltic sea) with robust outlooks for further expansion.
Transit times of the new regular service are reduced compared to purely Ocean services: it can transport goods in less than 20 days from Busan to Kaliningrad and the adjacent locations in the Baltics region, compared to an average of 55-60 days for Ocean routes via the Suez Canal.
Zsolt Katona, Eastern Europe Managing Director, A.P. Moller – Maersk, commented: “Maersk A66 services comes at the perfect time to help ease current logistics woes to move goods shipped from the Far East to Europe. The new offering provides global traders shorter transit times, cost-friendliness, and greener services.”
Fixed sailings in Asia as well as stable departures by Trans-Siberian Rail from Vostochniy will enable highly reliable on-time delivery, similar to AE19 and AE77 services, the other Sea- Rail-Sea services currently offered by A.P. Moller – Maersk.
Viktor Chumachenko, Director of Logistics at GK Ekopet, added: “Our choice for AE66 to carry our items from Asia via Vostochniy was determined by multiple factors, like free on board (FOB) price, sustainable transit time and overall logistics expense to bring goods to our production factory in Kaliningrad.
“The key task of diversifying our supply chain and eliminating risks of delay caused by COVID-19, is also perfectly solved by AE66 by enabling us to source Terephthalic Acid (TPA) from multiple locations in Asia.”
Sustainable operations and stable schedules for the new AE66 service are ensured through interaction and support by RU Federal Customs (FTS) and Russian Railways.
Port operations are provided by Global Ports, while rail services are handled by TransContainer JSC.