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Shipping from China to Europe by rail and truck


Shipping from China to Europe by rail and truck

——Sea freight costs continue to rise, rail and truck transportation may be your best options ——

In recent months, affected by a series of events such as the continued situation in the Red Sea, "export rush", and shipowners raising prices, shipping prices have continued to rise. The latest Shanghai Export Container Freight Index (SCFI) rose by 194.35 points to 3379.22 points, a new high since late August 2022, and has risen for ten consecutive weeks.

Due to tight shipping capacity and the arrival of the peak season, shipping companies have announced freight rate increases.

Following Maersk, Hapag-Lloyd, CMA CGM and others’ announcement of freight rate adjustment plans to levy FAK, PSS, etc., MSC, Maersk, and CMA CGM have recently issued a new round of freight rate adjustment notices for July, involving the US and Europe routes.


MSC Mediterranean Shipping Company announced that effective from July 1, 2024, but not later than July 14, 2024, new FAK rates will be calculated in US dollars from all Asian ports (including Japan, South Korea and Southeast Asia) to Europe unless otherwise stated.

Compared with the previously released May North European FAK, the highest has more than doubled. Details are as follows:


Prior to this, Maersk also issued a customer announcement, announcing an increase in FAK rates from major Asian ports to multiple destinations in Europe, up to US$9,400/FEU.

This adjustment will officially take effect on July 1 and will be valid until further notice (but no later than December 31, 2024).

Maersk will also implement a peak season surcharge PSS on or after July 7, 2024 until further notice. The charge is USD 1,000 per 20-foot dry container and USD 2,000 per 40-foot dry container/high container and 45-foot dry container. Details are as follows:

On June 19, Maersk announced that it will levy a peak season surcharge PSS from Chinese ports to Bangladesh starting July 1, 2024. Details are as follows:

CMA CGM     

On June 20, CMA CGM announced that starting from July 1, 2024 (bill of lading date), the rate from China to West Africa will be adjusted to USD 500/TEU. Details are as follows:

On the same day, CMA CGM also announced that it would impose a port congestion surcharge (PCS) to Dammam, Saudi Arabia, starting from June 20, with a charge of USD 300/TEU and USD 600/FEU. Details are as follows:

Currently, the export shipping prices change every day. Because the space and containers are in short supply, the space that freight forwarders book with shipping companies is often cancelled; foreign trade companies may face a backlog of goods and be unable to deliver on time, increasing their risk of default. Even goods that are not profitable in themselves may still lose money if the freight rate increases.

So in the face of rising shipping costs, what other options do foreign trade companies have to transport goods?


China to Europe Railway transport

Our company has been provided the rail solutions between China and Europe and is committed to continuously improving its services and customer experience. Our solution is designed for companies that are seeking cost-efficient, environment-friendly, speedy and secure solutions for their transportation problems. We also offer our customers different types of transport options, including FCL (Full Container Load), LCL (Less than Container Load), and block train shipments.

China-Europe Freight Train Route and Schedule

China-Europe Railway Express train are now running on 73 routes connecting more than 50 cities in Mainland China with 168 cities from 23 countries in the world. In China, cities that top China-Europe rail freight transportation are Xi'an, Chongqing, Chengdu, Zhengzhou, Yiwu Jinhua and Urumqi.Transport time from China to Europe only need 18-22days.

The following price list is the railway freight price from Zhengzhou train to Europe

China to Europe Truck transport

Road freight trucking can achieve door-to-door transportation. In the current market situation with container shortage and port congestion, road freight trucking solutions can save your transportation costs and cover a wide range of transportation routes between China and Europe.Shipping from China to Europe by truck takes about 20-25 days.

Note:The price is just a reference. The specific cost needs to be calculated based on the size, weight and delivery address of the goods.



If you have any question about shipping goods from China to Europe please feel free to consult Viputrans  Lora Yang E-mail: sales02@viputrans.com




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