Friday, October 18, 2013

High Speed Sino-Europe Rail Freight and Intermodal Container Link Launched

New Service Cuts Box Cargo Transit Time from China to Poland
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CHINA – RUSSIA – BELARUS – POLAND – The Austrian headquartered intermodal Far East Land Bridge cargo cooperation, whose members aim to revolutionise rail connectivity along the Trans-Siberian route, saw success as the collective project between the government of the Chinese city of Suzhou in the Jiangsu Province, PKP Cargo (the Polish state railway) and RZD Logistics (part of Russia’s rail behemoth), was declared a success this week, when the first fast container freight train to travel from Suzhou to Warsaw, arrived after a fourteen day transit.

The 42 wagon train carried an assortment of Chinese produced goods including electronic and other high tech items. Far East Land Bridge (FELB) specialises in transit container train projects on the Asia-Europe routes and cooperates with various companies such as BMW, LG and Samsung. The partnership of Russian Railways Logistics with other FELB partners aims at the implementation of integrated intermodal logistics services in Asian and European markets and development of the transit potential of the Russian railways.

Within the framework of this fast container train project, Russian Railways Logistics provides freight forwarding, customs clearance, information support and other services related to the provision of transport logistics in the territories of Russia and Belarus along the 7,600 kilometre route.

Cooperation with Transport Development Group allowed the first train to proceed through the Russia/China border crossing point in a record time of two hours by way of electronic documents and a new universal software package. It is expected that thanks to this fast registration service this train project will offer a new competitive quality service in terms of cargo delivery time. Based on the estimated cargo volume potential three trains per week are planned to be dispatched in the future.

Photo: Courtesy FELB.