BRITISH logistics and supply chain business Davies Turner says its Express China rail freight service now goes direct to UK regions

Head of supply chain Tony Cole said they had worked to provide a service from China to some of the nation’s important freight hubs.

“Having reviewed the pattern of shipments we are carrying, we have decided to offer a direct service to our regional freight hubs in Birmingham, Bristol and Manchester, in addition to the existing direct service to Dartford,” Mr Cole said.

“Since the direct service recommenced in March, we have seen three to four 40ft High Cube containers arriving every week direct into our Dartford freight hub.”

Mr Cole said that following the review, they had identified many shipments were for distribution to other parts of the UK.

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“We are now working with our partners in China to refine the consolidation process at Hefei, and to ensure that shipments destined for the South West, Midlands or North West are consolidated in the same container,” he said.

“This additional fine tuning of the service will enable us to make a further reduction in the transit time.”

The weekly service leaves the Hefei rail hub and heads to Neuss in Germany, from where containers are then trucked under bond to the port of Rotterdam and transported by ferry to Purfleet in East London.

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