Kerry offers China-Caucasus-Turkey rail-road service
HONG KONG's Kerry Logistics Network has launched new cross-border rail and trucking service from China through Kazakhstan to Caucasus and Turkey
14 June 2018 - 19:06
By leveraging the company's existing presence in Armenia, Azerbaijan and Georgia in Caucasus, the company aims to capture the growing trades in new markets in the region and Europe.
Starting from Lianyungang, the bridgehead of the new Eurasian land bridge in China, the new westbound rail freight service will bring shipments across Kazakhstan and Caspian Sea to multiple destinations in Turkey through the newly-built Baku-Tbilisi-Kars railway.
To offer greater flexibility to customers with different volume needs, both block train and single wagon services are being offered. With a transit time of 18-20 days, the main products to be moved by the new services will include electronic parts, electrical appliances, minerals, auto parts and other industrial goods.
In addition to the rail freight service, trucking service along the same trade route from China to Caucasus and Turkey has also been launched by adding 50 trucks to the company's existing fleet. With a transit time of 12-14 days, this will provide an alternative solution for customers who look for a faster way of shipping freight to these destinations.
Said Kerry China and North Asia chief Edwardo Erni: '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.'
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