INTERNATIONAL: Hong Kong-based supply chain company Tigers has launched Tiger Rail, offering a 16-day transit time eastbound or westbound between Duisburg in Germany and 15 destinations in China including Hefei, Chongqing and Chengdu.
Tiger Rail customers can charter a train, or book full-container-load or less-than-container-load shipments onto weekly scheduled services. The company is also planning to introduce a ‘cost-effective’ business-to-consumer parcels service. Track and trace is offered through Tigers’ Tiger Trax platform.
The inaugural Tiger Rail service was organised for an exhaust and suspension system manufacturer, which chartered a train to carry construction materials, automotive parts and electronics.
‘Our customers increasingly require shorter transit times than ocean freight, and lower costs than air freight’, explained Paul Huang, Managing Director of Tigers China. ‘Our customers benefit from lower shipping costs by empty container return in Switzerland for westbound services, and Shipper's Own Container for eastbound services, for both FCL and LCL.’