To continue offering a rail connection between China and Europe, Dachser is expanding the portfolio of Dachser Rail Services. Starting immediately, the logistics provider is organizing a train connection on the Xi’an–Budapest route twice a week on what is known as the Middle Corridor.
Dachser had discontinued the rail services it offers on two train routes due to the war in Ukraine, as the connections through Russia or Belarus had become impossible. However, in order to continue offering its customers capacity on the rail route through Central Asia, the logistics provider is now offering a rail connection along what is known as the Middle Corridor: starting in China, the trains first pass through Kazakhstan and Azerbaijan, then cross the Caspian and Black Seas by ship to Romania, before finally arriving in Budapest, Hungary. From there, the containers are transported by train to further hinterland terminals such as Vienna, Munich, or Ludwigshafen. From the originating terminal in China to the destination terminal, the trains take between 45 and 55 days.
“With this route, we can replace the rail connections along the New Silk Road through Russia and Belarus and continue to offer our customers a reliable, environmentally friendly multimodal service,” says Vedat Serbet, Rail Services Manager EMEA at DACHSER. Especially in these challenging times, with companies still struggling with capacity bottlenecks, transport by rail is an additional alternative to sea and air freight.
From Xi’an in China, trains run twice a week to Europe. The containers are monitored around the clock by GPS and reach every hinterland terminal in Europe.