Rail transport

Rail transport

In earlier times, rail transport ensured that products such as silk and spices were transported to and from China. Throughout the years, rail transport started to fade into the background. Partly due to the time lost coupling and disconnection of wagons. But also because of a sub-standard rail network. In order to stimulate international trade, China has invested a lot in the railway network in recent years.

Therefore, we nowadays see more and more (luxury) goods passing by on the railways. Think of electronics and clothing, or trend-sensitive products and raw materials. Especially in times when airlines and shipping companies are struggling with capacity problems, a container by rail can offer you a solution. An environmentally-conscious solution that perfectly suits companies looking for a faster solution than sea freight. MOL Logistics is more than happy to support you if you want to utilise this mode of transport.


Single point of contact: from loading to unloading of your products


Ideal solution for capacity and turnaround challenges


Suitable for products that need to be shipped to / from China in the short term


Warehouse close to rail terminal: ideal location for additional activities

Rail transport has a relatively short transit time and is almost twice as fast as sea freight. For instance, your products or raw materials can be delivered from China to The Netherlands within 15 to 20 days via Chengdu, Shanghai, Hefei, Changsha or Wuhan. With subsequent deliveries throughout Europe. This is because freight trains are not submitted to the same driving time restrictions as lorry drivers, and congestion isn’t an issue on the railways. In addition, various parties are working to further reduce the transit time.

Even though trains have been running on the new Silk Road for years, railway transport is experiencing a revival. Not all companies know how to fit this into their current transport options. To relieve these concerns, we offer a total package for rail transport. Everything for house to house transport including all customs procedures. That is:

Including advice & documentation

  • Including updates, so you can plan well
  • Including pre- and oncarriage, your products delivered home
  • Including competitive rates
Do you think of rail transport to large steam locomotives burning tons of coal? Meanwhile, that time is over. Rail transport may be among the most sustainable and environmentally friendly transport solutions. Especially when it comes to intercontinental transport. This method of transport is more environmentally friendly than, for example, sea freight or air freight. In addition, the freight trains run according to a predetermined timetable and it is a reliable solution.
The goods container is loaded and sealed at the supplier or manufacturer. The sealed container comes on a truck, which takes it to a train station at the beginning of the New Silk Road. There they lift the container in its entirety from the truck and put it on the wagon. The container remains sealed. In about fifteen days the freight train will travel to Germany via Poland. At the moment that the goods enter the EU area, customs checks. When the train arrives at the terminus (for example in Hamburg, Duisburg, Tilburg or Rotterdam), we load the container back onto a lorry. This delivers the still sealed container to the receiver. Depending on the contents of the container, it may be necessary to first perform a gas measurement and degassing before the container is opened.

Our specialist

Jos van der Borght
Rail specialist

Do you have questions about transporting your products by rail? Contact us! This can be done by calling +31 (0)13 – 5373 373 or mailing info@mol-logistics.nl.

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