CEVA Logistics has further extended its road freight service across Asia between China and Europe to begin running the longest regular trucking task. This follows on from CEVA’s first ever TIR documented truck to Poland at the end of last year. The company recently marked a new milestone with its first ever truck from China arriving safely at its destination in Spain.
No inspection was required during transit following the customs sealing at Khorgos on the China-Kazakstan border and it being unsealed in Spain. The total distance covered was more than 13,600km.
Trucking operators transporting goods across Asia into Europe can make use of the TIR procedure to avoid time-consuming border checks. The customs document is valid internationally, describing the goods, their shipper and their destination, it also represents a financial guarantee. TIR transits are carried out in bond, the truck must be sealed as well as carrying the TIR paperwork.
“It’s a very cost sensitive alternative to air and rail transport,” said Kelvin Tang, Director of Road and Rail CEVA Logistics North Asia. “Compared to air transport, the cost is more than 40 per cent lower. And it’s at least 10 days faster than rail transport.”
The CEVA China-Europe trucking service will be operated as a round trip twice a week, with exact departure and destination being kept flexible to suit customer’s needs. In addition to FCL (Full Container Load), CEVA Logistics North Asia will also launch an LCL (Less Than Container Load) service this June.
Just 16 days after setting off, the 70 cubic metres load of 7000kgs of garments destined for a leading worldwide retailer in Spain successfully completed the door-to-door delivery. Departing from South China, the truck travelled via Kazakhstan, Russia, Belarus, Poland, Germany and France.
“This was the last official trial for our new China-Europe trucking service before we begin a regular service this month,” says Torben Bengtsson, Executive Vice President of CEVA Logistics North Asia. “Together with our partner Alblas International Logistics, we will further extend our trucking footprint through this unique service. The TIR trucking will change our customer’s logistics flow significantly.”