In response to the increasing customer demand for Asia/Europe routing options, Maersk is picking up the pace of its AE19 service, a combination of a short-sea and intercontinental rail service between Northern European ports in Finland, Poland, Germany, and Scandinavia and ports in Korea, China and Japan.
From now on, trains leaving North Europe with destination to the Russian Far East, via the ports of St. Petersburg and Vostochniy, are upgraded from fortnightly to weekly and trains coming westbound are scheduled four times a week, up from thrice a week. To carry growing volumes from Asia shippers, Maersk will be deploying additional vessel between Pusan and Vostochniy.
“AE19 enjoys one of the highest service reliability levels among intercontinental and ocean liner services, and it is quicker than Suez routes,” highlights Zsolt Katona, Head of Maersk Eastern Europe.
The transit train is crossing the territory of Russia in 12 days from the Baltic Sea all the way to the Russian Pacific Coast, resulting in an overall transit time between Europe and Asia of 25-30 days.
“The rapid expansion of AE19 and the transit shipments between Asia and Europe became possible thanks to the increased trust of our global customers. This Russian transit has been able to stand by its schedule, delivery times and swift transit clearance in ports despite both the impact of COVID-19 and the vessel blockage of the Suez Canal. It’s creating firm ground for further expansion of transcontinental transit via Russia in the future,” adds Zsolt Katona.
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