It now takes just two weeks to move freight between China and Europe by road.
A truck loaded with manufacturing equipment travelled the 6,840 miles from Dornstadt in southern Germany to Shanghai in a fortnight.
Experts agree that it’s only a matter of time before we see a significant increase in truck freight between China and European countries.
For Shanghai Lishun Electronics Science & Technology Co, bad weather had ruled out air freight to transport the goods. The company decided that road was the next best option.
However, moving goods by road rather than air delivered more benefits than the company expected. Clearance at customs took just three hours (the previous minimum was two to three days). And delivery costs were cut by 42%.
As a result, the company now plans to use truck transportation as much as possible in the future.
The speed of China-Europe road deliveries is clearly a key factor for businesses. But I’d be interested to find out more from the perspective of the drivers.