Increase in China Europe Rail Demand

Apr 25, 2019 | News

Railfreight from China to Europe has been on the rise recently, with the value of product moving on the ‘silk road route’ growing by 106% in the past seven years and now equating to $33bn per annum.

The number of journeys made by freight trains from East to West is now in excess of 2,000 per year, as the transport mode starts to help bridge the gap between the longer transit times of ocean freight and the more expensive option of airfreight.

The first ever freight train service between China and London was launched around 18 months ago, as part of a Chinese initiative to boost trade and relationships with Europe. 

It’s not just Westbound cargo that has been increasing, as rail freight exports from Europe to China have increased by 44% in the same period.

Both the inbound and outbound rail freight services operate from within a stone’s throw of Uniserve’s main global distribution hub in Tilbury.

This means we are ideally placed to provide technology led supply chain solutions that encompass rail freight in addition to sea and air. For further information, please contact your local Uniserve representative.

Uniserve are the UK’s leading independent logistics provider, to find out more about how Uniserve can add leverage to your supply chain, then please call 01375 856060 or email


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