E-rail China

E-rail China

Temperature-controlled transport from Genk to China? We make it transpossible.

Rail transport is not only on the rise, the network also continues to expand. H.Essers is actively investing in this, even concerning the transportation of more complex products. For example, we offer our customers temperature-controlled train solutions to China – customers such as AstraZeneca. “In the past, this transport was done by air freight,” says Hanno Reeser, Director Strategic Development at H.Essers, “but transport by rail is a cost-efficient and modern solution for the customer as well as for H.Essers.” The high-tech 45-foot containers that are used for this purpose are specially equipped with an advanced insulation system, so that they can withstand even the most extreme temperatures.

Fully CO2-neutral

The containers are loaded at H.Essers Railport Genk before the train departs to Eastern Europe. At the border between Poland and Belarus, the units are then transferred onto other railroad trucks, because the tracks in Russia and the CIS countries have a different width. Once arrived at the border between Kazakhstan and China, this is reversed. The transport extends to Chongqing, a large central city in China, where a local partner unloads the goods for our customer AstraZeneca. “A big advantage for the customer is direct delivery to the hinterland of China, as this makes further distribution of the goods much more efficient,” adds Hanno. Mark Edwards, Regional Freight Lead at AstraZeneca, agrees. “We recently had to move 71 container loads in a very short space of time and the collaboration between our companies mean that all of these pharmaceutical goods were delivered on time with the product in excellent condition, allowing us to serve our patients.”

And there are additional benefits to this rail connection. Hanno: “It not only helps us save transport time, it also allows us to offer our customers a clever, environmentally-friendly alternative. This type of transport is faster than by road or sea and more eco-friendly than air, and, using biofuels, it’s even fully CO2-neutral.” This is an important aspect for AstraZeneca too. “The challenge for AstraZeneca is to move our product in a timely manner but also be aware of environmental concerns,” adds Mark Edwards. “Therefore, the rail option is ideal in giving us increased speed without increasing our CO2 emissions.” Moreover, the refrigerated containers can be remotely controlled and adjusted using advanced, in-house developed technologies. “And that is precisely the quality that we want to offer our customers: 100% reliable, safe and transparent,” says Hanno Reeser.

Curious about how this intercontinental transport works in practice? We’ve created a movie especially for this project:

Want to know more about the synchromodal solutions that H.Essers employs to serve its customers? Go to www.essers.com/synchromodality and find out more, or contact Hanno Reeser (hanno.reeser@essers.com) or Birgit Bielen (birgit.bielen@essers.com) for solutions tailored to your company.