Davies Turner claims 19-day rail transits from China to UK
BRITISH forwarder Davies Turner is claiming record transit times for LCL rail freight from China following an upgrade to its fixed-day, weekly import service
BRITISH forwarder Davies Turner is claiming record transit times for LCL rail freight from China following an upgrade to its fixed-day, weekly import service.
'Last week, our consol box arrived and was unpacked after just 19 days, which was a record time. The scheduled transit time from the Wuhan rail hub to our Dartford depot is 22 to 24 days,' said Davies Turner supply chain chief Tony Cole.
'Since we launched the dedicated weekly consol service from Wuhan in November 2018 we have seen it go from strength to strength. Bookings have increased by 195 per cent,' he said.
Davies Turner's Express China Rail Service sees containers carried by rail from Wuhan directly into Duisburg in Germany. They are then trucked under bond to the Port of Rotterdam and transported by ferry to Purfleet, near Dartford for on-carriage by truck to Davies Turner's distribution centre, where they are discharged, customs cleared and delivered.
Said company chairman Philip Stephenson: 'The record transit time achieved by our overland rail service, when oceanfreight shipments were being delayed by inclement weather, showed another advantage of rail over ocean freight.'