New multimodal route Europe-Japan: cheaper and faster
03.10.2020
The multimodal route between Europe and Japan has been upgraded with yet another port of departure. The Chinese port of Taicang is now included in the network of Nippon Express. From here, trains depart in western direction and vessels to the main ports of Japan. The lead time from the various railway terminals in Europe to these Japanese ports is 26-28 days.

The new service is already up and running. In Europe, it serves the German hubs of Hamburg and Duisburg and in Malaszewicze in Poland. In China, the train stops in the centrally located Xi’an, after which it continues to the port of Taicang, nearby Shanghai. Sea shipping is available twice a week to the Japanese ports of Tokyo, Yokohama, Nagoya, Osaka and Kobe.

Shorter and cheaper

It is not the first multimodal connection between Europe and Japan. This route has gained popularity over the years, with several operators exploring the multimodal possibilities along this stretch. As such, services are available from Dalian and Xiamen in China, but also from the Russian port of Vladivostok.

The lead time of the sea-rail route is substantially shorter than a complete ocean route, which is around forty days, Nippon Express points out. Compared to Dalian, the option via Taicang is shorter with one week, and interestingly, 40 per cent lower in transportation costs, according to the logistics provider.

Other ports

In May 2018, Nippon Express launched a multimodal service Europe-Japan via Dalian. In September 2019 this was complemented by a sea-rail route via Xiamen. Taicang is situated in the middle of these two Chinese ports on the east coast, and better positioned for sea transport to Japan. The distance to Japan is much shorter than from Dalian or Xiamen.

The route via Russia, rather than China has also proven to be a successful alternative. Here, the Russian port of Vladivostok is used for transshipment. From here, trains take cargo via the Trans-Siberian railway to the Małaszewicze/Brest border crossing between Poland and Belarus. The journey from Brest to Vladivostok takes 10 days while the entire journey lasts 22 days.

In December 2019, this route was extended to the German port of Hamburg. Apart from several Japanese ports, it also connects to the South Korean port of Busan.

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Trade continues to be the least problematic aspect of the EU-China economic relationship. The BRI offers potential trade gains for Europe by improving physical connectivity with countries along the route to China, but it also poses challenges for the EU. While Chinese investment in Europe is growing and has focused strongly on technology, it raises the question of whether the EU should fear losing its technological edge, especially when Chinese state-owned companies might distort competition through foreign acquisitions.
Source: European Parliament