The new OOCL offering is a combination of the 'Chang An' China-Europe block train service from Xian to Kaliningrad, Russia, with onward feeder to Bremerhaven, and then with OOCL ocean services from Bremerhaven to various ports on the US east coast, said the press release.
It is the first of its kind to be operated by an ocean carrier, connecting China and North America by using the Asia-Europe Land Bridge and the Atlantic Ocean
'The intention is to provide reliable and timely shipment by seizing the opportunity to avoid the current high levels of traffic seen on routes to the US West Coast and through the Panama Canal,' said the press release.
The first multi-modal container train run by OOCL Logistics and OOCL departed Xian on August 4.
'By leveraging OOCL's strengths of its own fleet of equipment and its competitiveness on the transatlantic trade with OOCL Logistics' end-to-end capabilities, this product innovation is a fantastic demonstration of the synergy between OOCL and OOCL Logistics,' said the press statement.
'This new block train product is also a clear sign of the commitment of OOCL to their customers, showing their dedication to meeting customers' needs, as well as the ability to adapt rapidly in this unprecedented and fast-moving environment,' the release said.