(Yicai Global) Nov. 28 -- The first Transports Internationaux Routiers truck has arrived in Poland after making a 7,000-kilometer journey from China's Xinjiang Autonomous Region in 13 days.
The TIR truck transport started its journey at the Khorgos border on Nov. 13, traveling through Kazakhstan, Russia and Belarus to Poland. The TIR initiative is a joint effort between the International Road Transport Union and global leading logistics companies to facilitate international road freight trade.
The success of this test run shows that road transport can be used for China-European trade, said Umberto de Breto, secretary general of the IRU, adding that it is very competitive in terms of cost, timeliness and flexibility.
The Western Europe - Western China highway fully opened to traffic in September this year. The corridor will increase road freight volumes between China and Europe by 2.5 times, the World Bank predicts.
CEVA Logistics, Shanghai Jet-rail International Transportation and Khorgos Zhonghangxin International Logistics work as freight forwarders for TIR transport, while Alblas International Logistics acts as the operator.
Road transport from China to Europe has a great future and it is especially suitable for companies with high unit prices and timeliness requirements, said Torben Bengtsson, executive vice president of CEVA Logistics China, adding that the test-run proves that it could save up to 50 percent door-to-door cost compared with air, and at least ten days delivery time compared with rail.
Set up 69 years ago, TIR is a global customs clearance system for cargo transportation based on the United Nations TIR Convention. It aims to promote the level of global trade facilitation and enhance the international road transport security by simplifying customs clearance procedures and improving efficiency. China joined the TIR system in July 2016 and became the 70th State party. IRU is authorized by the UN to manage the TIR system globally. It was established in Geneva, Switzerland in 1948 and has more than 100 members worldwide.