Kerry Logistics Network has introduced cross-border rail and trucking services from China to Caucasus and Turkey, via Kazakhstan.
The new services will help the company to enter into the new markets in the region and Europe, in addition to leveraging its existing presence in Armenia, Azerbaijan, and Georgia in Caucasus.
Beginning from Lianyungang, a bridgehead of the New Eurasian Land Bridge in China, the new westbound rail freight service will carry shipments across Kazakhstan and Caspian Sea to multiple destinations in Turkey, via Baku–Tbilisi–Kars railway.
The company will provide both block train and single wagon services, enabling to meet the requirements of customers with different volume needs.
With a transit time of between 18 and 20 days, the new cross-border services will help carry electronic parts, electrical appliances, minerals, auto parts and other industrial goods
The company has also added 50 trucks to its fleet to be used for trucking service along the same trade route from China to Caucasus and Turkey.
With a transit time of between 12 and 14 days, the trucking service will serve as an alternative solution to customers looking to quickly carry their cargoes to the destinations.
Kerry Logistics China and North Asia managing director Edwardo Erni said: “We are excited about the launch of this new cross-border service.
“With our rail freight and trucking capabilities extending their reach to the strategic locations of Turkey and Caucasus, we will be able to grasp the immense market opportunities presented by the Belt and Road initiative with our enhanced position in the region.”
In August 2016, Kerry Logistics launched the westbound charter freight from Yiwu of Eastern China to Madrid of Spain.
In April 2017, the company launched first eastbound freight train from London to Yiwu.
As part of the Belt and Road initiative, Kerry Logistics is involved in the development of an overland transportation network for road, rail, and multimodal freight services from China to Central Asia and Europe.
Image: Kerry Logistics has launched cross-border rail and trucking services from China to Caucasus and Turkey. Photo: courtesy of Kerry Logistics.