February 9, 2018: DB Schenker operates the first block train with shipment of 11 refrigerator containers carrying fresh produce, departing from Chengdu Qingbaijiang International Railway Port. The 9,000 to 10,000 kilometers journey will take 16 days, run through Erenhot port in Inner Mongolia and arrive at Moscow Vorsino Railway Station.
DB Schenker is the first Global 3PL in China operating the block train freight of perishable agricultural products for Rollink, which is a leading China-based B2B food trading company. DB Schenker’s first cooperation with Rollink started in early 2017, when DB Schenker successfully managed several air freight export shipments of fresh fruits from China to Russia. The business scope then extended to other trade lanes including Hong Kong, Australia and New Zealand.
The goods of 160 tonnes fresh vegetable will be ready to sell to customers shortly after arriving Moscow. DB Schenker takes care of the rail freight services from Chengdu to Moscow and also the custom clearance in the destination as well as local distribution service in Moscow from port to door, ensuring the optimal conditions for the cargo through seamless temperature control throughout the journey.
By using DB Schenker’s global network, and well established infrastructure in Russia, Rollink is better positioned to serve more customers in existing and new markets.DB Schenker pioneered the China - Europe rail freight solution, with an established service to and from Europe in place for many years, ”We are seeing strong growth in the next decade along with China’s one belt one road strategy, and I believe the entire development now through the new silk-road corridors will bring us good opportunities in developing multi-model solutions. This is an important milestone for us to achieve our leading market positions in the logistics of perishable goods in China,” comments Caraka Keung, director, West China Region.