Railway Freight Rates

Leeline gets your Railway freight at competitive rates. We merge and optimize your shipment for a low cost. You get fast shipping without DELAYS at the junction.

Get your shipment with protective layers to avoid damage. We follow your special shipping instructions. 

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Sea Freight

Sea Freight

Sea freight is the most used mode of transportation. We help you to decide the shortest route with low transit time. Get your rail freight direct at SEAPORT to avoid delays.

We supervise the loading & unloading of shipping containers. Easy and fast customs clearance process.

Air Freight

Air Freight

Get urgent delivery with Air freight. Air freight is expensive, but not with us! You get discounted deals with our airline NETWORK.

We handle extensive paperwork for sensitive items. Fastest delivery at competitive rates.

Railway Freight

Railway Freight

We are based in Wuhan, the Rail hub of CHINA. You get the fastest delivery with our rail agents network. Get the shortest route to avoid delay at the junction.

We get you protective layers to avoid damage. Get your products whole and intact! 

Door to Door Shipping

Door-to-Door Shipping

Customized services plans for door-to-door shipping. Connect with your many suppliers in the same shipment. We merge, REPACK, and optimize your shipment from different suppliers.

Make adjustments in your customized as per your demand. Cost-effective automation. 

Alibaba Shipping

Alibaba Shipping

We collect your shipment from Alibaba suppliers and ship it to your warehouses. You get better rates with better logistics support.

We focus on LONG-TERM viability rather than short-term temporary solutions. Lower cost than Alibaba agent.

Shipping To FBA

Shipping To FBA

You get your shipment direct to FBA warehouses. We merge, repack and rebrand your shipment. Branding saves your marketing cost.

Your customers get elegant packaging. Automate your Amazon shipping at low prices.

Why Choose Us?


You get 30 days of Free storage facility at our warehouses near RAIL STATIONS. We optimize, store, and process your special request at warehouses. Get overseas storage at our 18 warehouses worldwide.

Special Handling

We supervise the loading & unloading of rail cargo. We entertain special handling requests for FRAGILE items. Get your items whole and intact.

Rail Network

Wuhan is the rail hub of China. We are located in Wuhan. Get access to freight railroads throughout the COUNTRY. Also, get International rail freight at low rates.

More Profit

We optimize your shipment for low weight & size. You get time to time discounted deals as regular customers. More room for Profit in REVENUE! 

Hear it from fellow Products Wholesaler

I have been using Leeline for all my business’s transportation needs. I have been consistently impressed with their efficiency and reliability. I highly recommend the rail shipping company to anyone needing top-notch transportation services.

– Lisa, New Zealand

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How Do You Reduce Your Railway Freight Rates?

Are you tired of slow, unreliable shipping methods? 

Look no further than RAIL FREIGHT! The sleek, efficient way to transport your goods across the country.

Here is the GUIDEBOOK for Railway freight rates from our logistics experts. This guidebook comes with years of rail freight experience.  Ultimately, you learn some tips to reduce your rail freight rates.

Keep moving to learn about Rail freight rates.

How Do You Reduce Your Railway Freight Rates

How much does a freight train cost?

How much does a freight train cost

It is challenging to provide an exact cost without specific details. 

Here are some main factors for your rail transportation cost. 

  • Distance
  • Type of CARGO 
  • The size & weight of the cargo
  • Extra services and costs (Handling, protection layers, tariff rates) 

Rail shipping has variable costs. It varies depending on these factors. Distance plays a huge role in it. The cargo type is for handling and paperwork. Sensitive and hazardous material needs special HANDLING. It has more cost than others.

Tariff rates are for international cargo. You pay customs fees and other extra services. In general, rail shipments are a more cost-effective option for long-distance shipments. It is more fuel-efficient and LESS labor-intensive than TRUCK shipping. 

Yet, it is more flexible than other modes of transportation. Transit time depending on location. RAILROAD tracks don’t have to face road traffic, and they are smooth. But delays at junctions can add to your transit time.

You contact a rail carrier or a freight forwarder for a specific estimate of rail shipping costs.  Provide detailed information about your cargo. They provide pricing information according to the final destination.

Main determinants of railway freight rate

Main determinants of railway freight rate

The cost of rail shipping can vary based on several factors. Here are few of them:

  1. Distance

The distance of the CARGO from the origin to the delivery station. Some LOCATIONS may have higher rail shipping costs due to demand or other factors. So it also matters On-season and off-season. 

You go with booking in advance to avoid this. Rail shipping is cost-effective for long distances. It is more energy-efficient and less labor-intensive than trucking.

  1. Classification of rail freight

There are different levels of RAIL CARS available for different types of cargo. It includes intermodal, manifest, and unit trains, each with its cost structure. Also, it comes with different space types and pricing. 

  1. Handling and Extra services

It includes loading and unloading. Hazardous materials need special handling and incur extra costs. Extra services and STORAGE will add to the cost of your rail shipping. You can go with a complete shipping services package. They are cheaper than paying agents separately.

  1. Size and weight of the cargo

Larger and heavier shipments may need more specialized equipment and incur higher costs. You can go with the ENTIRE unit for large volumes. Yet, you go with shared space with other shippers for smaller shipments

How do you reduce your railway freight rates?

There are several ways that you can reduce your rail shipping rates:

  • Many quotations and negotiations

Shop around and compare rates from different rail carriers. You find the most competitive price by comparing rates from many carriers. The best place to get many QUOTES is a wholesale platform. 

You then compare the quotes and choose the carrier with the most FAVOURABLE rate. Some carriers negotiate rates or give discounts for long-term contracts or large volumes. You start a negotiation by showing your long-term opportunity.

  • Mixed modes of transportation

Mixed modes of shipping involve a combination of Rail, ocean, and Trucks. This is often more cost-effective than using a SINGLE mode of transportation. You shipped your containers from China to the US by sea freight. 

Then use American railroads to DELIVER to your warehouses. They have good shipping speed. This is cheaper than shipping the entire distance by truck.

  • Booking in advance

Consider shipping during off-peak periods. You get discounted rates for shipments during off-peak periods due to less demand.  You schedule your freight on a WEEKDAY rather than a weekend when demand is lower. The train reaches on weekdays. 

Booking in advance gets you a heavy discount. In rush hours, you don’t have to worry about shipping strategy. Rail carriers may offer VOLUME discounts for larger shipments. They are transported unpackaged. Save money on large volumes.

  • Consolidation and optimization

Optimize the size & weight of your shipments. You lower your shipping costs by reducing the weight & size of your cargo. Suppose your CARGO is in large boxes with extra space in boxes. 

Merge and optimize your freight. It reduces the number of boxes in the container.  Filtering out damaged products saves costs on unwanted items. Also, use special containers for food products.

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FAQs about Railway Freight Rates

Is rail cheaper than trucking?

Yes, Railways are cheaper than trucks. The rail car is ideal for LARGE shipments. The transit times depend on rail infrastructure and routes. Railways need continuous maintenance. Rail is more energy-efficient with less labor cost. 

How do you price railway freight rates?

You pay Railways price on the distance, the type of goods, and their size & weight. Fuel surcharges and extra services also affect railway freight rates. So better to shop around and COMPARE rates. You get the best price.

How do you calculate railway freight costs?

You use a railway company’s rate chart to determine the base cost per MILE of shipping. You need the distance of the goods with weight & size and the type of railcar to determine per mile cost. Contact the shipping agent for the current rate chart.

What’s Next

Rail freight is a reliable way to transport freight efficiently and sustainably. It is cost-effective but with the right CHOICE of routes and extra services. It’s worth considering rail freight If you want to optimize your shipping operations. Yet, getting a good rate is easy and possible. 

Don’t hesitate to reach out for more information on your next shipping project. Our team of experts is here to help you find the best solution for your needs and BUDGET. 

Contact us today for an instant quote. Experience the benefits of rail freight for your business.

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Hey I'm Sharline, the founder of Leeline. With 10 years of experience in the field of sourcing and shipping in China, we help 2000+ clients import from China,Alibaba,1688 to Amazon FBA or shopify. If you have any questions about sourcing and shipping , pls feel free to contact us.

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