Moller-Maersk (Maersk) has announced it will double its capacity on the ocean
and rail service from Asia to Europe in response to the COVID-19 pandemic.
carrier said it will add two more departures to its weekly AE19 service, which
is a combination of short-sea and intercontinental rail product between ports
in Korea, China and Northern European ports in Finland, Poland, Germany and
The service covers both westbound and
eastbound directions for dry, refrigerated and dangerous cargo.
pandemic has triggered some trade bottlenecks in Europe that we can help solve
by offering to our customers higher levels of supply chain management e.g.
further developing rail into a cost efficient, reliable and scalable mode of
transport between continents, creating fall back options which seems to be
crucial in crisis situations,” Zsolt Katona, Managing Director, Eastern Europe,
Competitive prices as well as faster
transit shippers have increased bookings on the service
by both competitive prices as well as faster transit, both North East Asia and
North Europe shippers have increased bookings on the service, “boosting AE19
volumes by approx. 75% in April, May and June compared to pre-COVID-19; a trend
that will likely improve in the second half of the year,” points out Zsolt.
is enabled by TradeLens, a digital platform developed by Maersk and IBM, which
provides shipping data directly from the source of each party involved in near
real-time while connecting this rail corridor directly to its established
ecosystem of international transportation service providers.