Porsche has announced that starting April, will use railway transport to send its products to China, after successfully tests were conducted. The cars for Chinese market will be delivered using railway services on the New Silk Road, a service that will be up three weeks faster than previously logistics services.
“Our customers in south-west China will receive their new vehicle much more quickly. The 20-day rail route shortens the period required for vehicle logistics by up to three weeks, despite different track gauges and multiple container transfers,” Oliver Bronder, Vice President Logistics and Production Control at Porsche said.
China is the highest-volume individual market for Porsche which represented 31 percent of company’s deliveries in 2018.
Currently, around 80,000 sports cars per year are transported to Guangzhou, Shanghai or Tianjin by sea covering a distance of over 10,000 nautical miles, or around 18,500 km.
The sea transport from the factory to the Porsche Centres in China usually takes 50 days. But from now on, 11 percent of factory-new sports cars will be exported via the new rail link along the Silk Road to south-west China. The distance by rail is around 11,000 km. The route travels eastward from Germany through Poland, Belarus, Russia, and Kazakhstan, to the south-west Chinese metropolis of Chongqing. From there, the new vehicles will be delivered to regional dealers.