Maersk and RTSB have organised a truck & train shipment from Cartagena to Nansha near Shenzen.
The load, 37 forty-foot containers, was first transported by road from Cartagena to Madrid.
The container train headed eastbound via Duisburg, leaving the EU through the border crossing in Poland's Małaszewicze and reaching Nansha via Hefei.
The transit time amounted to 32 days.
"There is a limited ocean capacity right now on the eastbound services. In our constant effort to cater for our customers' needs, we have tailored a solution for an important chemical company, integrating various transport modes to provide them high flexibility as well as reliability to transport their chemical products," Javier Marin, South West Europe and Maghreb Head of Intermodal at Maersk, explained.
James Seale, Product Manager at Maersk, added, "We will continue to work with rail partners to provide fast and reliable service to our customers. This intercontinental block train has been able to stand by its schedule, delivery times and swift transit clearance on time, creating firm ground for further expansion of transcontinental transit. To the extent that, we are currently working on arranging another one to Shanghai, in this case with 41x 40 containers."