LONGi Utilizes “Chang'an” Sino-European Freight Train to Transport Modules

PVTIME - On April 26, a “Chang’An” freight train fully loaded with LONGi modules left Xi’an for Europe, the first time the company has delivered its products via intercontinental rail. The train, carrying 11MW of Hi-MO4 modules, is expected to arrive at LONGi’s local bonded warehousing center in Rotterdam, Netherlands in around 20 days, with the modules subsequently delivered to the company’s distributed solar customers in Europe.

“This is the first
Sino-European freight train dispatched by LONGi,” said Xu Zhipeng, Senior
Manager of LONGi’s Logistics Department. “Since the outbreak of the COVID-19
pandemic, global logistics, including transport capacity at ports and with
shipping companies, have been seriously impacted. The rail option can greatly
increase capacity, significantly improve timeliness and also lower cost of
delivery.”

The security and
stability of logistics is crucial in the production and delivery of 
modules. In order to deliver products to customers in a timely and safe manner,
and ensure that projects are completed on schedule, LONGi’s logistics team has
worked on  a number of sea, land and air solutions.

Since February,
due to the pandemic, the Spring Festival holiday has been extended and traffic
restrictions implemented in many Chinese cities. Overseas, ports have closed,
air travel has been suspended, and roads have been blocked. These factors have
had an obvious impact on procurement, logistics and transportation. The
timeliness and reliability of module delivery has naturally also been affected.

Opting for rail as
a method for long-distance delivery was an innovative choice undertaken by
LONGi after careful evaluation of several alternatives. Traditionally,
  modules destined for overseas have been mainly delivered by sea.
Though timeliness can be an issue, cost and stability have made it the first
choice among module manufacturers. Intercontinental rail transport was rarely
chosen because of economic and other concerns. The use of rail on this occasion
will effectively improve the time table for delivery of LONGi modules to Europe
and also enhance the turnover efficiency of the European warehousing center. It
will also greatly improve  operational efficiency for customers, which is
especially important for distributed businesses that require higher efficiency
and flexibility.

To this end,
LONGi’s distributed strategy department coordinated for two months with more
than 10 other departments, carrying out testing, evaluation and optimization of
all links from production and packaging to logistics, testing, delivery and
supply chain support. In order to ensure the reliability of long-distance rail
transportation, the department organized a test run between Xi’an and the
Netherlands in March. The technical service and R&D teams examined the
products closely after the test run,  optimizing packaging and standard
cabinet modes accordingly, to ensure the protection of the products for the
next journey.

Delivery by rail
will suit LONGi’s module production bases in Xi’an and Xianyang very well.
Module capacity in Xi’an will allow the company to cover the European market in
a more economical way and further develop its overseas footprint.

“LONGi is
committed to the concept of reliable development and makes every effort to
ensure production and supply. The opening of the Sino-European rail option is
not only an inevitable step in LONGi’s global business development, but also an
innovative approach for us to take advantage of the opportunity presented by
China’s Belt and Road Initiative. We will continue to optimize routes, improve
delivery efficiency, and ensure efficient operations for our customers,” said
Niu Yanyan, Director of LONGi Solar’s Distributed Strategy Management
Department.

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