Hong Kong-based transport and supply chain solutions group Tigers has launched a new Asia-Europe rail freight service, Tiger Rail, offering customers a 16-day transit time both east and westbound, between Duisburg, Germany, and Hefei, Chongqing, and Chengdu, China.
Tiger Rail customers can charter a train, or book Full Container Load (FCL) or Less than Container Load (LCL) shipments on weekly scheduled services to and from over 15 origin stations in China. The supply chain specialist is also planning to offer e-commerce customers shipping parcels from Europe to China a cost-effective service along the new Silk Road.
“We have seized the opportunity to provide integrated logistics for our customers, who increasingly require shorter transit times than ocean freight, and lower costs than air freight, making Tiger Rail the perfect solution,” said 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 (SOC) for eastbound services, for both FCL and LCL. Tigers has already supported customers to transport over 500 TEUs as FCL, and 1500 cubic metres (CBMs) as LCL along the new Silk Road.”
Tiger Rail’s inaugural shipment took place over the summer, on behalf of one of one of the largest manufacturers of exhaust and suspension systems, which chartered a train to transport construction materials, auto parts, and electronics. Customers can track and trace their freight shipments using the Tiger Trax platform.
“We are currently preparing test shipments for European Union (EU) Business to Consumer (B2C) parcels importing to China with Tiger Rail, and look forward to expanding our rail freight capabilities even further,” said Andrew Jillings, Chief Executive Officer and Group Managing Director, Tigers.
The launch of Tiger Rail comes only weeks after Tigers achieved Authorised Economic Operator (AEO) certification in the UK, expanded its footprint with a new office in Leeds, and launched a post-Brexit solution to combat any disruption caused by Brexit.
Tigers is an US$800 million enterprise solutions company specialising in e-commerce fulfilment, transport, and supply chain solutions. Headquartered in Hong Kong, with offices and facilities throughout the US, Europe, Asia, Australia, and South Africa, Tigers has over 100 years’ experience of supporting customers in the automotive, healthcare, technology, fashion, wine and perishables, and outdoor and active lifestyle sectors.