Geodis Wilson has plans to expand its operation in the Asia-Pacific to include domestic rail services in China, as well as intercontinental services between China and Europe.
“We are targeting customers who are looking for an alternative to air freight with a longer lead time,” said Kim Pedersen, executive vice president of the freight management company, in a written statement.
According to Geodis Wilson, the benefits of freight transportation by rail in China include social and political support; lower costs versus air freight over medium to long distance routes; an integrated network connecting seaports, hinterlands and economic zones across political and geographic borders; safety; and environmental efficiency.
Geodis Wilson’s new Chinese rail freight service will offer customized door-to-door services. Shipment of goods on container block trains, as well as all pre- and post-rail transportation services, will be offered. These value-adds will include pickup, pre-carriage and on-carriage, reloading, control of transshipments, railway wagon planning, freight documentation and real-time tracking and tracing.
Geodis Wilson will also be launching services for 20-foot and 40-foot full containerloads and breakbulk from China to Central Asia, Mongolia, Russia and Europe, building on its already existing services to Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, Uzbekistan, Turkmenistan and Mongolia.