Another international transport and logistics company has decided to transport rail containers from China to Europe via Azerbaijan.
Danish transport and logistics group AP Moller-Maersk has launched a revamped rail service connecting China and Europe. Cargo transportation will be carried out through the territories of Kazakhstan, Azerbaijan, Georgia and Romania. According to the press service of the group of companies, about 40 days are allotted for the delivery of railway cargo.AP Moller-Maersk launches upgraded service connecting China and Europe
After crossing the Khorgos point on the border between China and Kazakhstan, the containers arrive by rail at the Kazakh station Aktau, where they are reloaded onto barges bound for Baku. From the Azerbaijani capital, they are delivered by rail to the port of Poti to the terminal of the Georgian operator APM Terminals Poti, where they are loaded onto feeder ships heading to the Romanian port of Constanta, from where the cargo is delivered by rail to various points in Europe.
AP Moller-Maersk began developing this route back in March, and already in April 2022, it carried out a pilot run of the first train from China, which transported goods for the automotive industry, as well as consumer goods.
Recall that since the end of February, the AP Moller-Maersk group of companies has suspended, and later stopped accepting applications from Russia.
AP Moller-Maersk is one of the world’s largest transport and logistics companies, which, in particular, includes the linear container carrier Maersk Line. The Group operates in such business segments as container shipping, logistics and oil and gas industry.
Even earlier, the Finnish transport and logistics company Nurminen Logistics stopped transporting goods through Russia and began operating an alternative transport corridor from China to Europe through Kazakhstan, the Caspian Sea, Azerbaijan and Georgia. On May 10, Nurminen Logistics launched the first container train from China to the Old World – the train left the Chinese city of Chongqing and headed around Russia to Central Europe.In mid-April, the Chinese transport and logistics company Juyan also launched the first container train to Europe via Kazakhstan and Azerbaijan.
In mid-April, the Chinese transport and logistics company Juyan also launched the first container train to Europe via Kazakhstan and Azerbaijan.
It should be noted that transit rail transportation bypassing Russia is activated against the backdrop of logistical problems and economic sanctions imposed on the Russian Federation due to its “special operation” in Ukraine.
In the current geopolitical conditions, China is creating new routes to Europe, bypassing Russian territory. Thus, only in January-February of this year, 3,000 containers were transported along the Europe-Caucasus-Asia transport corridor through the Black and Caspian Seas, which is about a third more than a year ago.