Rail transport with Koch International

Looking for a trusted and reliable transport partner for your logistics? Take advantage of Koch International’s global network and rely on our experience. We offer logistics services and rail transportation all the way to China, including dangerous goods consulting, packaging consulting and customs clearance.

Rail transport offers valuable advantages for transporting your goods to and from China when compared with air or sea (ocean) freight: We transport your raw materials, semi-finished parts or products on the 11,000 km route between Germany and China in a significantly shorter time by railway than by sea. The right solution for every need: Koch International offers high-availability full container transport services and aggregated shipment transportation with regular departures from both directions. Your benefit: You make use of a particularly safe and reliable transport route that guarantees that your goods will arrive at the destination without disruptions.

Our services:

  • Aggregated shipment transportation
  • Full container transportation
  • World cover transport insurance
  • Letters of credit processing and advice

Moreover, rail transport is a smart and low-emission solutions for the logistics sector. Our rail transport lets us transport your goods quickly, safely and reliably, the transport is also environmentally friendly. A shift to rail can save tonnes of carbon emissions each year.

Rely on us to reliably and efficiently achieve your goals – anywhere in the world.

Your benefits:

  • Rail transport is environmentally friendly and sets itself apart with its transport safety and high transport capacity
  • Reliable and smooth transportation over all distances, including rail transport to China
  • Receive advice tailored to your needs
  • Dangerous goods consulting, packaging consulting and customs clearance – we handle everything!

When it comes to efficiency, safety and punctuality, Koch International has got you covered. From goods receipt through to customs clearance, our specialists ensure that your goods arrive on time.

Can we assist you?
We look forward to receiving your inquiry.
René Konerding
Teamleitung Containertrucking

The most frequently asked questions about rail transport:

    What is combined transport?

    Combined transport is the transportation of goods in a lorry or load unit (e.g. swap bodies, containers or semi-trailers) where the longest part of the overall route is covered by rail or inland or seagoing vessel, while the other, shortest possible, part is covered by lorry and where the load units rather than the goods themselves are handled when changing modes of transport or the loaded lorries are transported on the railcar or ship.

    What is the benefit of combined transport?

    Your benefits are the:
    – 44-tonne rule
    – low toll charges
    – relieving the strain on roads
    – reducing greenhouse gases
    – optimising working time

    What is the 44t rule in combined transport?

    Vehicles in the preliminary or final leg to or from the nearest suitable terminal within a 150 km radius can have a total weight of 44t (in contrast to vehicles in road transport with a permissible maximum weight of 40t).

    What are cranable trailers and their characteristics?

    To be able to use semi-trailers for combined transport (CT), they must be cranable. This means that they must be able to be loaded onto the train by crane at the starting terminal and unloaded by crane at the destination terminal.

    Cranable load units have reinforced points on the outer frame, called grappler pockets, which make them suitable for vertical handling at the terminal.

    What amount of carbon emissions can I save with combined transport compared to exclusive road transport and why should a switch to rail transport?

    Goods transport on rail is more environmentally-friendly, compact and more efficient than goods transport by road: a lorry emits 110 times as much carbon dioxide, needs three times as much transport space and only travels around a quarter of the distance of a train with the same energy consumption.

    What types of containers can be transported by rail?

    All standard containers can be transported by rail. Other container types can be individually requested.

    Can general cargo be shipped to and from China by rail?

    Yes, in this case aggregated containers are stowed just like in sea freight, which are then shipped by rail.

    What are the benefits of rail transport to or from China?

    – As an alternative to sea and air freight; by way of comparison: the transport time for sea freight is around 36 days, transport by rail along the Silk Road usually takes between 18 and 22 days.
    – Transport costs are on average half that of air freight
    – More sustainable alternative with lower carbon emissions

    Can dangerous goods be transported by rail?

    Dangerous goods can be transported by rail but must be individually requested.

    Can preliminary and final legs for sea containers be offered by rail in Germany?

    Thanks to an excellent network and domestic terminals at key hubs, containers can be transported by rail throughout Germany.

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