On May 2nd 2017, FrieslandCampina has put the first container with Friso infant nutrition on a train to China to test if this connection for the transport of Friso infant nutrition is a good additional transport method next to sea freight and air freight.
FrieslandCampina determines for every product and destination what would be the most efficient mode of transport. Transport by train to China should be considered in addition to, and not as a replacement of, transportation by ship.
The CR Express (also called the New Silk Road) is a collective name for freight rail routes between China and Europe. This fast railway connection has been started with large suppliers of electronics who can in this way transport their products to Europe quickly and under good conditions. The Chinese government has developed this route through the “One Belt, One Road” initiative.
Train may be a good alternative
If the test with Friso products succeeds, transportation via this fast cargo railway is a good alternative, which is more economical and more sustainable than airfreight and considerably faster than ocean freight (a reduction of approx. 20 days).
On this route, the containers can be conditioned and monitored permanently, which ensures the products are transported securely and under the right conditions. For the products of FrieslandCampina climate control, transport security and faster travel time (ca. 20 days difference) are of great importance.
The container will move across 7 countries: the Netherlands, Germany, Poland, Belarus, Russia, Kazakhstan and China. Transport via the New Silk Road is a promising alternative for FrieslandCampina.
Watch a news report by New China TV.