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New railway line between China and North Sea Port in Ghent takes more Volvo cars to their destinations

The new rail connection from Ghent fits in with Volvo Cars’ strategy for faster, more sustainable and more cost-effective operations.

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New railway line between China and North Sea Port in Ghent takes more Volvo cars to their destinations
New railway line between China and North Sea Port in Ghent takes more Volvo cars to their destinations. Image: North Sea Port
Several times every week Volvo Cars in Ghent ships vehicles from North Sea Port by rail to China, Italy and Austria. The first train carrying 190 XC60s from China arrived in Kluizendok on Thursday 4 July and will return with 180 XC90s, V90s and V60s to the Chinese port of Xi’an.

The new rail connection from Ghent fits in with Volvo Cars’ strategy for faster, more sustainable and more cost-effective operations, in terms of production as well as from a logistics point of view. Exporting part of the cars by rail instead of by sea or road, reduces the impact on the environment. Also, the cars will reach their destination faster. The lead time from factory to final destination can be shortened by half.

Multimodal port

North Sea Port has the aim to stimulate transport by rail and by water. “Volvo Cars makes full use of the good hinterland connections of North Sea Port in Ghent by opting for sustainable rail transport to the European inland countries and China. It will strengthen our position as a multimodal port,” says Daan Schalck, CEO of North Sea Port.

Fewer trucks on the road

Trains to Italy are loaded and unloaded at the DFDS terminal at Mercatordok. China trains arrive and depart from Kluizendok. Rail operator Lineas manages the rail exports from North Sea Port to China and Italy. Through its modal shift to rail Volvo Cars takes around 5,000 trucks off the road every year. A train will run twice a week from North Sea Port to Xi’an in China.

About Volvo Car Ghent

Volvo Car Ghent is a car factory in the port of Ghent, owned by Volvo Car Corporation. It consists of a welding plant, spraying plant and a final assembly plant. With 6,500 employees, it is one of the largest industrial employers in East Flanders. In 2018, Volvo Car Ghent produced 200,396 cars. These are the V40, XC40 and V60 models.

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DP World joins with TradeLens to digitise global supply chains

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DP World, a leading enabler of global trade, has completed the early stages of integration with TradeLens, a blockchain-based digital container logistics platform, jointly developed by A.P. Moller – Maersk and IBM.

The collaboration between DP World and the TradeLens platform will help accelerate the digitisation of global supply chains. DP World aims to connect all its 82 marine and inland container terminals, as well as feeder companies and logistics divisions with TradeLens. In 2019 DP World’s terminals handled 71.2 million TEU (twenty-foot equivalent units) containers from around 70,000 vessels.

TradeLens brings together data from the entire global supply chain ecosystem including shippers, port operators and shipping lines. It also aims to modernise manual and paper-based documents, replacing them with blockchain enabled digital solutions.

For DP World the data from its integration with TradeLens will improve operational efficiency with earlier visibility of container flows across multiple carriers.

Such visibility includes confirmation of the transport modality that follows the port stay for each container, which in heavy transhipment or rail ports enable better yard planning.

It will also expand the capabilities of DP World’s digital platforms created to move online the management of logistics. The DF Alliance, SeaRates, LandRates and AirRates enable shippers to move cargo to and from anywhere at the click of a mouse, across DP World’s network and beyond.

Sultan Ahmed Bin Sulayem, Group Chairman and Chief Executive Office of DP World said: “Our decision to team up with TradeLens is driven by our vision for intelligent logistics, reducing costs and creating value. DP World is working to deliver integrated supply chain solutions to cargo owners, backed by our global network of ports, terminals, economic zones and inland operations. By working with TradeLens we will accelerate the digitisation of global trade. Modernising the processes by which logistics operate is critical to building more robust and more efficient supply chains which will help economic development and generate more prosperity.”

TradeLens provides visibility across the entire supply chain, from booking to clearance to payments and is built on a wealth of input from the industry including direct integrations with more than 110 ports and terminals, 15+ customs authorities around the world and an increasing number of intermodal providers.

“It is very encouraging to see the continued adoption of the TradeLens platform among global logistics players as it helps global supply chain customers expand and explore the benefits of digital documentation flows. In turn, the broadened geographic scope of the platform provides new opportunities for TradeLens ecosystem participants to innovate and develop digital offerings on the platform,” said Vincent Clerc, CEO of Ocean and Logistics, A.P. Moller – Maersk.

“At its core the TradeLens business model is an open and neutral platform to spur collaboration and digitisation between all parties in the supply chain ecosystem. We are excited to welcome DP World and eagerly await the creation of new potential ways of working for shippers and consignees in global trade. With 4 of the 5 largest global port operators actively engaged with TradeLens, the coverage of the ecosystem continues to expand rapidly,” said Mike White, CEO GTD Solutions and Head of TradeLens

DP World has already connected Cochin Port (India) with the TradeLens platform via API technology. Plans to collaborate with other DP World business units, including the feeder line Unifeeder, have also been initiated.

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LogiPoint reinforcing Jeddah as the Regional Logistics Hub of choice

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LogiPoint at Jeddah Islamic Port established the first bonded corridor connecting the Bonded and Re-Export Zone at Jeddah Islamic Port and King Abdulaziz International Airport to facilitate the multimodal movement of cargo. 

The trial conducted on a shipment that arrived by sea freight to LogiPoint Bonded and Re-Export Zone at Jeddah Islamic Port then shipped onward to its final destination in the Netherlands by airfreight through King Abdulaziz International airport. 

With the support of the Saudi Customs and Jeddah Islamic Port and in line with vision 2030 and the National Industrial Development and Logistics Program (NDLIP), the success of this shipment increases the competitiveness of the region. It creates an efficient and cost-effective sea-air and air-sea link to establish Jeddah as a preferred multimodal transshipment hub.

LogiPoint CEO Farooq Shaikh said, “The bonded corridor facilitates trade for customers by providing a multimodal bonded access to regional target markets combining sea, land and air freight. It also gives Jeddah a significant advantage to compete in the transshipment cargo segment”

LogiPoint is always making dynamic efforts to introduce international concepts and solutions towards enhancing logistics efficiency to attract foreign investors. Its strategic location and the world-class facilities have which strengthen the position of Jeddah Islamic Port a major logistics hub.

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CEVA Logistics launches its Truck – Rail – Truck service, a new solution to keep cargo moving across Asia

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CEVA Logistics has designed an innovative Truck-Rail-Truck (TRT) solution to keep customers’ freight moving across Asia during the COVID-19 crisis.

Prevents long waits at border crossings

China and the Southeast Asian region are facing flight suspensions and reductions, space limits and operational restrictions in addition to long waits at border crossings due to the COVID-19 pandemic. CEVA Logistics introduced TRT as a practical and innovative multi-modal transport solution to remedy these issues. Several CEVA technology customers have already taken advantage of it to keep their cargo moving over the last month.

Export documentation requirements for the TRT service are the same as an all-trucked service and Customs clearance can be achieved within three hours.

Saves four days on current transit times

The China-Vietnam road border crossing point between Pingxiang and Lang Son currently suffers from backlogs of 2-4 days. To avoid this, shipments are picked up by CEVA across South and East China and loaded into 45’ hi-cube (HQ) containers.

They are taken by truck to the cross-border train – which operates three times a day – and into Vietnam, where they are then unloaded onto trucks and delivered to final destination.  Shipments bound for Thailand which were taking up to 8 days are now arriving in 3-4 days. The new service is also being used by CEVA customers in Vietnam, Malaysia and Singapore.

Says Guillaume Col, CEVA Logistics’ Chief Operating Officer: “With our TRT solution, serious traffic jams at the border crossings can be avoided. During the COVID-19 pandemic, it really is the best solution for customers wishing to move urgent shipments between China and Southeast Asia. As a pioneer in TRT service, we will keep exploring our Road & Rail network between China and Southeast Asia to further develop these services.”

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