As of now, InstaFreight offers their customers stable overland transport for the supply chains from China to Europe and conversely, which both have been strongly affected by the Coronavirus. With this newly added service, InstaFreight upholds the supply chain and ensures that important commodities quickly make their way to Europe. InstaFreight is thus expanding its service portfolio for the period of crisis and is supplementing the succinct air and rail transports on this relation with trucks.
InstaFreight acts as a freight forwarder and operates a partner network of over 12,000 transport companies in the Eurasian region via its digital platform solution, some of which are also active on the Silk Road. The duration of transports amounts to 20-22 days, depending on the pickup and unloading location. With a surcharge, double driver-lineups can also be booked, which can once more shorten the duration by several days. The multilingual team of InstaFreight is already working in multi-shift operation in order to carry out the transports safely despite the current difficult situation. This includes for example vehicle changes at the Chinese borders, which are required given the present entry and exit regulations.
“As freight forwarder it is our role in such times to be pragmatic and to find solutions to problems such as the current stagnant flow of goods from China to Europe. Our digital product as well as the agile structures help us realize such solutions with an adequate promptness. For systemically relevant goods, every day counts.” says Philipp Ortwein, founder and managing director of InstaFreight GmbH.
Maximilian Schaefer, also founder and managing director, adds: “With the expansion of our service offering we stabilize the supply chain in a phase of resumed Chinese industrial production and offer a very reasonable alternative to the at the moment very cost-intensive air and rail transports. Due to the backlog of airfreight shipments destined for Europe at the Chinese airports, on average we have almost the same overall runtime on the road as in the air.”
New and existing customers can send their transport request to the Berlin-based road freight forwarding company directly via email (firstname.lastname@example.org). The InstaFreight team will reply promptly with a transport offer which will then also be bookable via the digital platform. Depending on the desired Chinese location, the transport goes directly through Russia or also Kazakhstan and Mongolia. The prices for door-to-door delivery are calculated individually, but only amount to a fraction of the current air freight rates.