Maersk has launched its first rail service from Xi’an, China to Izmit, Turkey. This new route, which is part of Maersk Intercontinental Rail service network, will shorten transit time in comparison to the sea route between the countries. The rail route takes 16 days. Various locations in both China and Turkey have been linked, with a diverse range of pre- and on carriage services.
“Due to its strategic geographical location, wide industry sector as well as all ambitious initiatives taken by the government to improve the rail infrastructure across the country we decided to launch ICR in Turkey not only for those companies located within the country but also as a link between Asia and Europe”, says Kasper Krog, Head of Intercontinental Rail at A.P. Moller – Maersk.
Automotive and technology
According to the multimodal operator, the service is ideal for customers within the automotive and technology industrial verticals in Turkey and other segments which are in high need of fast delivery to market. The well-connected rail system in Turkey provides connections to Black Sea, Eastern Europe and Southern European countries via the port of Korfez in Izmit, by using feeder network of Sealand a Maersk Company.
“Depending on their supply chain needs the customers are given further flexibility choosing different Maersk transportation solutions by rail and ocean, as part of the integrated offerings across ocean, logistics and services allowing them to react quickly to changing market demands. Customers will further benefit by taking advantage of using Maersk own equipment fleet, visibility and operational expertise throughout the journey. This rail express service is set for weekly departures on each Tuesday subject to utilization levels”, the company said.