The first MSC blocktrain, comprising 84 TEU of cargo, made its way from Jinhua to Ningbo on January 27. The carrier has been providing rail-sea service for customers exporting goods from Jinhua via Ningbo since 2016.
Jinhua is a national logistics hub and an important gateway to the inland cities from the southeast coast of Zhejiang province, located in eastern China, reports UK's The Loadstar.
'MSC is the first global shipping line to offer the rail-sea solution in Jinhua and we are currently the market leader in terms of the total container export volumes moved via multimodal transportation,' the carrier said in a statement.
Demand for the rail service tends to increase prior to the Chinese New Year as there is higher demand to ship cargo out before the holidays. There also tends to be shortage of truckers and increase in trucking fees during the New Year period.
'Shippers in Jinhua can rely on MSC to move their cargo daily via rail service to Ningbo, which takes around 11 hours. This offers them greater reliability and higher efficiency, especially when it involves long distance haulage. This transport mode is also more environmentally friendly, due to the lower level of carbon emissions and energy consumption compared to trucking the goods from JinHua to Yiwu and then to Ningbo,' the company said.
Customers using the rail service can enjoy a fixed transit time without worries about delays due to road congestion or traffic accidents. The railway directly links to the terminal, providing seamless connection to MSC vessels, which then ship the goods to worldwide destinations.