Dachser has completed the first block train transport for BASF from Ludwigshafen, Germany to Xi’an, China. The transport of 42 containers via the ‘New Silk Road’ took 14 days, half the time the journey takes by containership, and went from the Kombi-Terminal Ludwigshafen (KTL) via Poland, Belarus, Russia and Kazakhstan.
Thomas Krüger, managing director of air and sea logistics, EMEA at Dachser, describes the transport as “faster than sea freight, cheaper than airfreight, very easy to plan and reliable”. He adds: “For certain logistical requirements, rail traffic to China via the ‘New Silk Road’ can become a value-adding alternative to air and sea freight.”
In particular, Dachser sees the route as being particularly interesting for those chemical companies located in the interior of China, far from its seaports.
KTL plays an important role in BASF’s logistics chain, functioning as a hub where products from around Europe are bundled and trains put together. It is Germany’s largest inland terminal and sits directly adjacent to BASF’s main production plant. It offers up to 30 train connections every day to more than 20 economic centres across Europe.
From Ludwigshafen, the 40-foot high-cube containers travelled to Malaszewicze in eastern Poland where they were reloaded onto Russian-gauge wagons; a similar process took place at the border between Kazakhstan and China. On arrival in Xi’an, Dachser North China organised customs clearance and the distribution of the containers by truck to BASF’s customers. The containers were loaded primarily with granules, fuel additives and catalysts.
BASF and Dachser have a decades-long relationship in the transport and safe storage of palletised chemicals in Europe; Dachser operates two hazardous goods warehouses for BASF in Hungary and Romania, both of which meet the highest safety criteria and are assessed in accordance with SQAS.
“With the first train to Xi’an, we are taking the logistics partnership with BASF to a new level,” says Michael Kriegel, department head of Dachser Chem-Logistics. Further block trains are scheduled to go from Ludwigshafen to Xi’an in the comping months.[post_title] => BASF takes the Silk Road with Dachser [post_excerpt] => [post_status] => publish [comment_status] => open [ping_status] => open [post_password] => [post_name] => basf-takes-the-silk-road-with-dachser [to_ping] => [pinged] => [post_modified] => 2020-04-14 08:52:45 [post_modified_gmt] => 2020-04-14 07:52:45 [post_content_filtered] => [post_parent] => 0 [guid] => https://hcblive.com/?p=19560 [menu_order] => 0 [post_type] => post [post_mime_type] => [comment_count] => 0 [filter] => raw )