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The rail-terminal to rail-terminal transit time is around 15 to 18 days, depending on the route.

That is on average half the time it takes to move a container by ship, especially since the introduction of “slow steaming” to save fuel. Thanks to these shorter transit times, businesses can react more quickly to changing market demands.

Companies whose goods literally “missed the boat” from China have previously had to book expensive air freight to get their goods to their destination on time. Rail now offers an environmentally friendly and flexible solution for getting goods to Europe which is several times cheaper than air.

Facts

 

Rail freight  Air freight  Sea freight 
Transit time: 2-3 weeks Transit time: 2-10 days Transit time: 4-6 weeks
High frequency / High level of flexibility High frequency High frequency
Several containers per shipment Low weight capacity Unstable rates
Environment friendly High costs in general Slow/super slow steaming

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