China to Europe Transport – Fast & Affordable Direct Weekly Rail Shipments via the Silk Road | Ziegler
7 October 2021

China to Europe Transport – Fast & Affordable Direct Weekly Rail Shipments via the Silk Road

Ziegler offers direct dedicated weekly rail service for groupage and full load shipments from China to Europe and the UK, providing clients with a fast, secure and competitive option for moving freight when by sea is too slow and by air is too expensive.




  • FCL and LCL shipments 
  • Several types of containers (20ft, 40ft, 40ft HC, Reefer)

Our experienced and highly trained rail team will ensure the smooth movement of your cargo from quotation stage through to final delivery.  Both groupage (LCL) services and FCL depart from rail terminals that are centrally located in the industrial heartland of China. This strategic location offers fast and competitively priced transport links for our mainland China-wide collection service, which is provided by our partners.  



  • 21 days faster than sea freight
  • Transit time of 19 days between China and Europe
  • Fixed timetables with 6 departures a week

Our direct consol service from the rail hub in China to our depot in the UK is achieved in an average transit time of just 23 days, a significant transit time saving when compared to ocean. We have fixed weekly import departures, enabling you to schedule with confidence.



  • Up to 6 times more affordable than air freight

Rail is a cost effective option when faster shipment speeds are required. Cost savings of up to 70% can be seen in comparison to air freight, with the greatest value available for large, dense cargo.

Stable market conditions have seen rail freight rates remain at the same level for extended periods of over 12 months, assisting clients to forecast with confidence, a boon for those dealing with the unpredictable Far East ocean market.  



  • Up to 90% less CO2 than air freight

With our need to be more aware of the environment and the impact that transporting goods long distances can have, rail again proves its worth offering a greener, cleaner option in comparison to air freight, where it is calculated that a 40ft container moving via rail with 20 tons of cargo would account for just 4% of the CO2 emissions it would take to move the same shipment by air.



  • Last-mile coverage in China and Europe by Ziegler 

Based on our schedule, please see below the route taken by our China Rail import service:

By Rail:  

Terminal in China / Kazakhstan / Russia / Belarus / Poland / Duisburg, Germany or Liege , Belgium

By Truck and By Ferry:

Duisburg or Liege to the UK depot and final destination.



Let us help you introduce affordable and dependable transport for your goods with rail transport. Our customers have confidence and peace of mind and trust us with their business; More than 65% of the customers that have booked a first shipment, proceed to book the next shipment via the Ziegler Rail Solution.

Our rail team will make it easier for you, drawing on their experience in finding solutions to your unique needs. 

Contact us for more details.