Freight forwarder, Advance International, is celebrating excellent results on its ‘Advantage Express Service’ between Almaty in Kazakhstan and Poti in Georgia as it passes a significant traffic milestone.
Just two years after its launch, this intermodal service is now moving over 100 teu weekly from China to destinations in Russia, the CIS and Europe.
‘The service could not have come at a better time for Chinese exporters faced with increasingly congested seaports that delay export journeys and put unwelcome delay and cost into the supply chain,’ claims Advance International President & CEO, Mr. Jawad Kamel.
‘We are convinced that there has never been a better time for Chinese exporters to select our Advantage Express Service. Our container service along this route is now carrying more than 100 teu per week from China to destinations in Russia, the CIS and Europe. Not only do the containers reach European destinations in remarkably short times but also they avoid the horrendous waiting times at some Chinese ports that we know are frustrating exporters and causing problems in the global supply chain.
‘Using our service helps shippers to avoid the problem of trying to find capacity for their export cargoes on over-crowded and increasingly expensive container shipping services, many of which are over-booked at present anyway. It is also a means of avoiding the skyrocketing charges that shippers are facing. Just the other week one of the shipping conferences slapped a horrendous surcharge on Asian traffic going to the UK. You can avoid all that, and have a much quicker journey to your customer, by using our Advantage Express Service.’
With the Chinese government keen to open up inland parts of the country to international trade, more shippers will need to consider the overland option. Central China is a long way from the ports of the Chinese Eastern seaboard and the express service works to open up these areas to the outside world.
The service is marketed by Advantage International Transport and Logistic, Ltd., a wholly owned subsidiary of Advance International.