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New railway line between China and North Sea Port in Ghent takes more Volvo cars to their destinations

The new rail connection from Ghent fits in with Volvo Cars’ strategy for faster, more sustainable and more cost-effective operations.

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New railway line between China and North Sea Port in Ghent takes more Volvo cars to their destinations
New railway line between China and North Sea Port in Ghent takes more Volvo cars to their destinations. Image: North Sea Port
Several times every week Volvo Cars in Ghent ships vehicles from North Sea Port by rail to China, Italy and Austria. The first train carrying 190 XC60s from China arrived in Kluizendok on Thursday 4 July and will return with 180 XC90s, V90s and V60s to the Chinese port of Xi’an.

The new rail connection from Ghent fits in with Volvo Cars’ strategy for faster, more sustainable and more cost-effective operations, in terms of production as well as from a logistics point of view. Exporting part of the cars by rail instead of by sea or road, reduces the impact on the environment. Also, the cars will reach their destination faster. The lead time from factory to final destination can be shortened by half.

Multimodal port

North Sea Port has the aim to stimulate transport by rail and by water. “Volvo Cars makes full use of the good hinterland connections of North Sea Port in Ghent by opting for sustainable rail transport to the European inland countries and China. It will strengthen our position as a multimodal port,” says Daan Schalck, CEO of North Sea Port.

Fewer trucks on the road

Trains to Italy are loaded and unloaded at the DFDS terminal at Mercatordok. China trains arrive and depart from Kluizendok. Rail operator Lineas manages the rail exports from North Sea Port to China and Italy. Through its modal shift to rail Volvo Cars takes around 5,000 trucks off the road every year. A train will run twice a week from North Sea Port to Xi’an in China.

About Volvo Car Ghent

Volvo Car Ghent is a car factory in the port of Ghent, owned by Volvo Car Corporation. It consists of a welding plant, spraying plant and a final assembly plant. With 6,500 employees, it is one of the largest industrial employers in East Flanders. In 2018, Volvo Car Ghent produced 200,396 cars. These are the V40, XC40 and V60 models.

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RUSCON implements its multimodal service between Russia and Israel

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RUSCON implements its multimodal service between Russia and Israel. Image: Delo Group
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In June 2022, a logistics operator RUSCON, successfully implemented the first shipment of 90 40-foot containers, as part of its new multimodal service between Russia and Israel. The shipment was sent by sea from Novorossiysk to the port of Ashdod. The purpose of these shipments is to link the regions of our country with the Israeli ones through the seaports of the two states.

Transportation within Russia is provided by RUSCON regular services. The consolidation points in Novorossiysk are RUSCON ‘s own terminal and the NUTEP Container Terminal. The sea transportation shoulder is fully organized by RUSCON.

Currently the frequency of calls to Novorossiysk for this service is once in two weeks. Last mile service is available to RUSCON customers in Israel.

Commenting on the new service Andrey Chernyshev, the Senior Vice-President of RUSCON, said: “Under the conditions of partial uncertainty of the situation in the world, RUSCON is doing its best not only to maintain the existing logistic chains, but also to create new ones. Undoubtedly, the launch of the new service in Israel is a significant progress in expanding the geography of RUSCON ‘s multimodal services on the Black and Mediterranean seas.”

He continued, “Such development makes it possible to offer our clients secure solutions for transportations in import-export directions. High demand for the service is evidenced by the loading of cargoes of Israeli manufacturers to Russian cargo owners already in the first call. Partaking of several Delo Group’ assets in the Russia-Israel service allows us to achieve a significant synergy effect and minimize the impact of the current negative factors”.

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New intermodal solution for the Djibouti- Ethiopia corridor enhances MSC’s East Africa offering

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MSC announced the newly established intermodal route between Djibouti & Ethiopia. As the first MSC intermodal service in Ethiopia, it is a key milestone for progress in the region.

Ethiopia is the origin land of coffee and currently the world’s fifth largest coffee exporting country, the largest in Africa. Ethiopia also has a fast-growing textile/garment export industry.

The new solution combines road and rail transport to facilitate smooth imports and exports out of landlocked Ethiopia.

MSC offers two weekly services, connecting our global network to the Port of Djibouti, Ethiopia’s main gateway:

  • The PETRA service: Connecting China, Far East, Southeast Asia and all cargo routed via Singapore to Djibouti
  • The NWC IPAK service: A direct connection to North Europe, and a connection to the US, MED, and IPAK regions via our regional transshipment hub King Abdullah Port.

Key transit times from Djibouti via road for imports:

  • Addis Ababa: 3 days
  • Hawassa: 4 days
  • Modjo: 3 days (no service to dry port)

Key transit times to Djibouti via rail for exports:

  • Indode Rail Station: 1 day by rail
  • Modjo Rail Station: 1 day by rail

As MSC is one of the leading carriers in the region, we are constantly seeking to expand our services, and the Ethiopian Hinterlands is one of the fastest growing corridors in the East Africa region. The new solution enables stronger relationships between MSC and our customers, as we can provide more complete logistics solutions in the region.

Soji Thomas Korah, General Manager of MSC Ethiopia, says “We have been enthusiastically exploring our options for the past few years, and are excited to offer this intermodal solution that we believe will add value to MSC service. The Far East, Southeast Asia, U.S, IPAK, & NWC are all key markets for both Djibouti and Ethiopia. Our new intermodal services will be vital for coffee and garment export shipments to these regions.”

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Maersk new intermodal freight services to start between Far East to Europe

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St. Petersburg, Fully operational as from this week, the new AE66 service links Korea, Japan and China to the Kaliningrad Region in Russia, the Baltic countries, and Poland through Trans-Siberian. The new Sea-Rail-Sea service runs west-bound fortnightly departing from the seaport of Vostochniy in Russia Far East at the Pacific to Kaliningrad on the Baltic sea, with robust outlooks for further expansion.

Transit times of the new regular service are significantly reduced vs purely Ocean services: it can transport goods in less than 20 days from Busan to Kaliningrad and the adjacent locations in the Baltics region, compared to an average of 55-60 days for Ocean routes via the Suez Canal.

Maersk A66 services comes at the perfect time to help ease current logistics woes to move goods shipped from the Far East to Europe. The new offering provides global traders shorter transit times, cost-friendliness, and greener services. With tens of thousands of containers moving from Asia – Europe, providing creative solutions that offer better customer experience is the main driver of our activity.” said Zsolt Katona, Eastern Europe Managing Director, A.P. Moller -Maersk.

Fixed sailings in far east Asia as well as stable departures by Trans-Siberian Rail from Vostochniy will enable highly reliable on-time delivery, similar to AE19 and AE77 services, the other Sea- Rail-Sea services currently offered by A.P. Moller – Maersk.

“Our choice for AE66 to carry our items from Asia via Vostochniy was determined by multiple factors, like free on board (FOB) price, sustainable transit time and overall logistics expense to bring goods to our production factory in Kaliningrad. The key task of diversifying our supply chain and eliminating risks of delay caused by COVID19, is also perfectly solved by AE66 by enabling us to source Terephthalic Acid (TPA) from multiple locations in Asia. Thanks to the new service we have been also able to involve the new suppliers, which would be impossible if relying on the Ocean route only.” commented Viktor Chumachenko, Director of Logistics at GK “Ekopet.

Sustainable operations and stable schedules for the new AE66 service are ensured through close interaction and support by RU Federal Customs (FTS) and Russian Railways. Port operations are provided by Global Ports, while rail services are handled by TransContainer JSC.

Maersk plans to further increase volume by targeting customer segments dealing with highvalue and/or lead-time-sensitive cargos, such as Automotive, Electric, and Facilities sectors.

A.P. Moller -Maersk intermodal services from Asia to Europe offer a compelling alternative to the long transit times in Ocean transportation and the expensive rates in Air transportation.

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