May 4, 2019

Ceva launches truck service between Asia and Europe

New "Highway to the West" service delivers big time and cost savings, Dutch 3PL giant says.

By DC Velocity Staff

When it comes to the best mode of shipping a containerload of clothing from China to Spain, air, rail, and ocean all come to mind. But Dutch third-party logistics (3PL) giant Ceva Logistics AG says it has developed a better way to move freight between Europe and Asia: truck.

With echoes of the ancient "silk road" trade route, Ceva said last month that a truck hauling 15,430 pounds of garments destined for a global retailer in Spain had completed the 8,450-mile trip from China to Spain in just 16 days. The shipment departed from South China and passed through Kazakhstan, Russia, Belarus, Poland, Germany, and France. Despite multiple border-crossings, the load required no import/export inspections after being sealed at a customs station at Khorgos on the China-Kazakhstan border, the company said.

Ceva inaugurated the "Highway to the West" road service in November 2018, when it dispatched a truck from China to Poland. It is now extending the service, which the company describes as an attractive alternative to air and rail transport. "Compared to air transport, the [China-Europe service's] cost is more than 40 percent lower," said Kelvin Tang, director of road and rail at Ceva Logistics North Asia, in a statement. "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 details dictated by the customer's needs. In addition to the FCL (full container load) service, Ceva Logistics North Asia will also launch LCL (less-than-containerload) service this June, the firm said.

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