At 15:00 on January 27, a train carrying 84 TEUs of export goods for sea-rail intermodal freight departed from Jinhua South Railway Station and headed for Ningbo-Zhoushan Port. This is the first time that Mediterranean Shipping Company (MSC),a world leader in global container shipping, has opened a line for sea-rail intermodal freight at the multimodal transport hub in Central Zhejiang.
The products, such as outdoor leisure products and wheels, will go through Jinhua’s integrated customs declaration and clearance. They will then be directly loaded into MSC’s reserved space at Ningbo-Zhoushan Port and exported to the United States and Europe.
“In the past, several shipping companies shared trains for sea-rail intermodal freight in Jinhua. MSC had extended its business to the Jinhua-Yiwu section of the Zhejiang Pilot Free Trade Zone. This is the first time that one shipping company has opened a line for sea-rail intermodal freight in Jinhua,” said Luo Jianyuan, deputy general manager of Zhejiang International Logistics Development Co., Ltd.
Jinhua ranked second in Zhejiang in terms of total annual export volume in 2020, and exported abundant goods to the Americas, Africa, and Europe through sea transportation. With the opening of the Yiwu-Ningbo-Zhoushan Corridor and its western extension, some international shipping giants have begun to assemble goods at the Jinhua and Yiwu railway stations.
The overseas spread of COVID-19 has seriously affected the global shipping market and ports of various countries. As China’s pandemic has been effectively controlled, domestic companies’ exports of goods and their demand for containers surged. Strengthening the tripartite cooperation among shipping companies, ports, and trade companies can help to alleviate problems such as the shortage of containers and the lack of shipping space, so as to improve the efficiency of integrated customs declaration and clearance, and further reduce logistics costs.
The rapid growth of Jinhua’s exports has stimulated the growth of the business volume of Jinhua’s sea-rail intermodal freight. According to statistics, the average annual growth rate of the business volume in the last five years reached 37.6%. In 2020, Jinhua-Ningbo-Zhoushan Port shipped 35,000 TEUs via sea-rail intermodal transportation.
Before the operation of the train on January 27, MSC had already carried out in-depth cooperation with Jinhua. MSC’s carrying capacity accounted for more than 17% of Jinhua’s total shipping capacity, ranking first among all international shipping companies in Jinhua. MSC is also the first shipping company to operate trains for sea-rail intermodal freight at Jinhua South Railway Station.
In order to cope with the peak season for exports right before Spring Festival, Jinhua Railway Logistics Center has cooperated with Jinhua Sea-Rail Intermodal Transportation Platform to give full play to the safety and efficiency of sea-rail intermodal transportation, and further improve the shipping frequency of these trains at Jinhua-Ningbo-Zhoushan Port.
At the same time, the platform has customized logistics solutions for its customers, allocated transport capacity appropriately, and strengthened information feedback, which helps shipping companies to capture the Jinhua export market, accurately meet the needs of foreign trade factories, and continuously improve the services of ports, railway stations, and trains for sea-rail intermodal transportation. (By Xu Chaohui, photographed by Hu Xiaofei, translated by Jin Haiqiong, edited by Kendra Fiddler)