Sustainable, Reliable, Flexible
Rail freight offers businesses a fast, economic and eco-friendly alternative for shipping goods between China and Europe. Our extensive experience, commitment to excellence and high standards of customer service make us the go-to choice for businesses seeking efficient and reliable transportation solutions. Our team will be happy to discuss the benefits of rail transport with you – reach out and let’s talk about how ITS Cargo can optimize your supply chain and help your business thrive in the global marketplace.
The New Silk Road:
A Crucial Transportation Link with a Long History
The Silk Road, historically known as a network of trade routes connecting Asia with Europe, has a rich history that dates back over 2,000 years. It was originally used as a trade route for silk, spices and other luxury goods, but over time became a major artery for the exchange of ideas, cultures and religions.
The modernized and expanded ‘New’ Silk Road has rapidly developed into a crucial transportation link between manufacturing hubs and consumer markets in two of the world’s largest economies. Since the first train traveled from China to Germany in 2011, rail transport has become increasingly popular due to its shorter transit times, lower cost and improved infrastructure.
Faster Transit Times
Rail freight achieves significantly faster transit times than ocean freight: making it an ideal choice for businesses with more time-sensitive shipments. The rail network is constantly expanding, building more rail hubs and terminals and increasing the available routes. As well as providing flexibility and choice over frequent departure schedules, transit times between Asia and Europe are at an all-time low.
Shipping by rail is also far more economic than air, allowing substantial savings for businesses moving large quantities of goods. ITS Cargo offers both Full Container Load (FCL) and Less than Container Load (LCL) solutions, ensuring that we can cater to your specific requirements and offer the best prices available.
Equipment and Operations
For FCL shipments, goods shipped by rail are loaded into regular 40’ or 40HC shipping containers (the same ones used for ocean freight) and in most cases a freight train will carry 41 containers. 20’ containers can also be used, if two are booked together and loaded as a pair. Open top containers and flat-bed wagons are also available which enables carriage of larger goods and bulk freight. Once picked up, containers are moved by truck to one of the network’s rail terminals for loading and departure.
Unparalleled Flexibility and Reliability
Rail freight offers greater flexibility and reliability through fixed, frequent schedules over an expansive network, alongside stable lead times and capacity. Our team of experts work closely with businesses to understand their specific requirements and provide tailored solutions that enable them to access the best price and service for their cargo. With our door-to-door service, we ensure that your shipments are delivered efficiently and safely, meeting the supply chain demands of you and your network.
Adaptable Solutions with an Expansive Network
Access to an ever-expanding network of carriers and pan-Asia routes allows us to be adaptable and select the best end-to-end solution at any given time. Our partnerships directly with rail carriers enable us to offer various service combinations, shipping between any origin and destination point in China or Europe, Eastbound or Westbound. This flexibility ensures that we can accommodate the unique needs of your business and deliver your cargo with speed and efficiency.
Compliance with Industry Regulations
At ITS Cargo, we understand the importance of complying with industry regulations and ensuring the safety of your shipments. Our team of experts stays up-to-date with the latest regulations and works closely with businesses to ensure that their cargo is handled and shipped in accordance with all applicable rules and guidelines. This commitment to compliance not only protects your business but also contributes to the overall safety and efficiency of the global supply chain.
Rail freight: a sustainable, secure & stable alternative
Eco-Friendly and Sustainable Transportation
As businesses worldwide strive to reduce their carbon footprint and improve sustainability, rail freight has emerged as a quick, secure and green alternative to traditional modes of transport. Producing lower levels of greenhouse gas emissions, rail transport is considered a more environmentally friendly transit solution. By choosing ITS Cargo’s rail freight services, you are not only selecting an efficient way to transport your goods and optimize your supply chain, but also making a conscious decision to support green initiatives and contribute to a more sustainable future.
LCL by Rail
Rail transportation is quickly becoming the preferred solution for LCL shipping between Asia and Europe: even more-so for heavy and sensitive cargo. We have multiple consolidations per week, meaning minimal waiting time at origin waiting for other cargo and once containers arrive to Europe our own cross-docking warehouse expedites recovery, meaning goods are available for delivery within a few hours. Following customs clearance (or T1), ITS Cargo’s trucking network can then complete delivery anywhere in mainland Europe within 2-3 days. Avoid lengthy cut-offs, port omissions, congested container terminals and delays in cargo availability: Transform your Asia – EU shipping experience with LCL rail freight!
At ITS we are constantly looking for new ways to help our customers improve their supply chain and reduce costs. To enable more efficient loading and utilization of space we offer a “Double-Deck” rail solution for both FCL and LCL shipments, at competitive prices. Pioneered and developed for heavy, non-stackable cargo this creative solution maximizes efficiency without risk to sensitive cargo by building a ‘second floor’ inside the container. For applicable cargo, your business can make substantial savings Vs standard rail service, while reducing both carbon emissions and your logistics budget. Reach out to our team for a same-day quotation (FCL & LCL).
As a global forwarder, at ITS Cargo we are constantly expanding our network and capabilities to better serve our customers. Our intermodal transportation solutions offer a seamless integration of road freight with other modes of transportation, such as air, ocean and rail. This enables us to provide comprehensive, efficient and tailor-made solutions to manage your supply chain, according to your unique requirements and priorities.
The same containers are used for rail and ocean transport and can be transported on trucks, though each mode of containerized transport has its own advantages. By combining various processes we utilize these and build a tailor-made route for your cargo, balancing cost-efficiency, speed and flexibility. This can avoid unnecessary re-loading of cargo and enables quick, seamless transitions.
Transit time by rail from China to Europe is at an all-time low. Coupled with ITS’ express trucking at each end we can achieve record-time, Door to Door deliveries, offering a viable alternative to Air.