Taiwan-China-Russia new route

Introducing a new route by offering a service that goes from Taiwan by sea to China and continuing by rail  to Vorsino in Russia.
Vorsino is situated app 100 km South West of Moscow
Route: Taiwan – Shanghai port – Suzhou station – Vorsino station

Departure from Taiwan port every Thursday

Arrival in Shanghai on Sundays

Transit time: 24 – 26 days

FCL and LCL services available

Contact us for further info and bookings

Chinese operator Wuhan expects big rise in Europe-bound trains

Wuhan, which operates a link between Wuhan City in central China and Europe, expects around 500 freight trains to head to the West from China during 2018. That compares to 377 trains in 2017, which carried a total of 34,000 containers, according to the official news agency of the Chinese Government, Xinhua.


Latvia and Belarus look to boost rail freight connections

A new express rail freight service which promises delivery times of 28 hours between the Latvian capital Riga and the Belarussian capital Minsk completed a second test journey this week following an inaugural trip between Minsk and Riga in January.

The train consisted of 21 40-foot containers containing textile machinery, 13 grain wagons, and three wagons containing metal products.

The containers were from India and provided by German logistics company, RTSB, and Belarusian operator, Belintertrans. Latvian Railways (LDZ) says this collaboration is evidence of efforts to attract new partners from south Asia, which opens up opportunities to develop new freight solutions and the Latvian transport and logistics sector.

“The creation of a new product – an express freight train between the capitals of Latvia and Belarus – ensures that the owners of freight who would like to use the connection will be able to count on a definite and clear timetable of freight transport in the future,” says LDZ president Mr Edvīns Bērziņš. “The long-term goal is to ensure the regular flow of freight on this route, whose future potential will increase with the development of the Chinese-Belarusian industrial park, The Great Stone.”

Rail freight volumes on the Indra-Bigosava route between Latvia and Belarus totalled 7.6 million tonnes in 2017, an increase year-on-year of 13.9%.

Russia-Vietnam rail freight service tested successfully

RZD Logistics and its Vietnamese partner, Ratraco, which is 35%-held by Vietnam Railways (VR), have successfully completed a test intermodal rail freight service between the Vorsino Freight Village, southwest of Moscow, and Hanoi.

A single TEU loaded with cosmetic products from Russian company Red Line took 20 days to complete the journey, arriving in Hanoi on January 23. RZD Logistics says the equivalent journey by sea would have taken twice as long.

The test shipment was organised under the bilateral cooperation agreement signed between Russian Railways (RZD) and VR in July 2017, and according to RZD Logistics, this inaugural service marks the start of the Russia-Vietnam international transport corridor.

RZD Logistics was responsible for organising the multimodal shipment, beginning with road transport from Red Line’s warehouse, and continuing with the transfer to rail at Vorsino. RZD Logistics’ subsidiary Far East Land Bridge received the freight at the Manchuria-Zabaikalsk border point and supervised transport across China. Ratraco was responsible for the final stage of the journey across Vietnam.

First Finland – China intermodal service launched

A launch ceremony was held at the Tehola intermodal terminal in Kouvala, Finland, on November 10 to mark the departure of the first Finland – China rail freight service.

The departure ceremony for the first Railgate Finland China Express service was attended by more than 70 guests, including the Russian, Kazakh and Chinese ambassadors to Finland.

The service from Kouvola to Xi’an offers a transit time of 10-12 days for the 8000km trip, with just one break-of-gauge at the Russia-China border.

The service is a partnership between Kazakhstan Railways’ subsidiary KTZ Express and its sole agent in Scandinavia, Unytrade Oy. The train operates with the support of Xi’an International Port Multimodal Transportation Company. Haulage is provided by Finland’s VR-Transpoint, Russian Railways (RZD), KTZ Express and China Railway Corporation.

The first China-Finland train is due to leave Xi’an before the end of the month and a second Kouvola – Xi’an train will run in December.

A regular weekly service is expected to start running in both directions early next year.

Seven countries sign China-Europe rail freight agreement

CHINA Railway Corporation (CRC) says that itself and railway authorities from Belarus, Germany, Kazakhstan, Mongolia, Poland and Russia have signed an agreement to deepen their levels of cooperation on China-Europe intermodal rail freight services.

The agreement commits the authorities to push for better railway infrastructure to enhance the speed, convenience and competitiveness of services, and to improve customs procedures. In addition, information sharing platforms will be incorporated to improve safety, while a joint work team will be formed to solve problems associated with the transcontinental rail freight.

China is pushing the growth of rail freight to Europe as part of its “One Belt One Road” economic strategy and transit countries are steadily embracing the initiative as a means of enhancing their own infrastructure and promoting economic development.

Since the first transcontinental service was launched in 2011, the network has grown to serve 27 Chinese cities and 28 destinations across Europe.

Azerbaijan launched new link to Iran

AZERBAIJAN officially inaugurated a new cross-border link to the Iranian city of Astara on March 5 when the first test train crossed the newly-constructed dual-gauge (1520mm and 1435mm gauge) bridge over the Astarachay river, which divides the two countries.

Construction on the 8.3km link began in April 2016, and the line runs from Astara, Azerbaijan, to the Iranian border city of the same name. From here the plan is to connect the line with the Iranian Islamic Republic Railways (RAI) network at Qazvin following completion of the 167km Astara – Rasht line, construction of which is expected to start later this year, and the 160km Rasht – Qazvin section, which is nearing completion.