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New cargo rail link between China and Germany
03 August 2013 China

The 1st cargo rail from the eastern Chinese city of Zhengzdou has arrived in Hamburg, Germany.
It covered more than 10-thousand kilometers in just 15 days halving the normal travel time by sea.
Heavy cargo that cannot be transported by air, car parts and electronics will benefit from the new service, Officials said.

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Zhengzhou-to-Europe rail cargo debuts
06 August 2013 China

The 1st cargo rail from Zhengzhou, China, to Europe has arrived at the cargo yard in Hamburg-Billwerder, Germany, carrying 51 boxes.
The journey was organized by the Zhengzhou International Land Port Development and Construction Company, as well as DB Schenker, which acted as a logistics partner to Zhengzhou for all of the services outside of China. The train from Zhengzhou covered the 10,214 kilometer (about 6,347 mile) way through China, Kazakhstan, Russia, Belarus and Poland to Germany in 15 days.
Mr. Rüdiger Grube, chairman of the management board of Deutsche Bahn, at the occasion of the arrival of the train in Hamburg said, “The growing Chinese goods traffic, together with the ongoing shift from production-intensive industries to the Chinese hinterland, offers a lot of potential.”
Over the past 3 years, several mainland Chinese cities, including Chongqing, Chengdu, Wuhan and Shenyang, have launched rail freight services to Europe, South China Morning Post reports. China is also building railways to Southeast Asian countries, such as Thailand, Myanmar and Laos.
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DB Schenker will launch another China-to-Germany rail service


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Germany's DB Schenker will launch another China-to-Germany rail service on August 14 for shippers seeking faster delivery times to Europe on an experimental basis, according to the Shipping Gazette.
The company already operates a weekly service from Chongqing to Duisburg and from Leipzig to Shenyang for electronics and automotive customers.
"Most containers [on the new service] are from local forwarders, but, as the only international freight forwarder, DB Schenker provides around 25 per cent of the volume," said the company's rail chief Bernhard Wiezorek.
The company is also examining the launch of additional services linking Asia to Europe and Central Asia, as well as backhaul operations which have yet to be explored.
"Currently, the Zhengzhou-Hamburg route is a one-way-connection. However, we have several large customers that have already expressed their strong interest in using this route for return shipments," he said.
The pilot service will operate from the rapidly expanding inland China manufacturing hub of Zhengzhou through to Hamburg, Germany, and will offer 51 container slots per trip. The plan is to build the route into a weekly block train operation by the end of the year.
Zhengzhou International Land Port Development is the initiator and main organiser of the test run, with DB Schenker operating the train once it leaves China and providing logistics support and on-carriage of boxes by truck in Europe.
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DB Schenker operated the first freight train ride from the north-central Chinese city of Zhengzhou to Hamburg on Friday.
The train from Zhengzhou covered the 10,214 kilometre route through China, Kazakhstan, Russia, Belarus and Poland to Germany in a record time of just 15 days.

The voyage was operated on behalf of the Zhengzhou International Land Port Development and Construction Company, with DB Schenker responsible for the logistics services outside China.

The train had 51 containers and arrived at the Hamburg-Billwerder freight yard on Friday 2 August.

DB Chairman Dr. Rüdiger Grube: “DB Schenker in Asia is in an excellent starting position.”

“The growing Chinese goods traffic, together with the ongoing shift from production-intensive industries to the Chinese hinterland, offers a lot of potential.”

As the first international logistics provider, DB Schenker used the new connection for the transportation of containers for different customers from trade and industry.

For three years, DB Schenker trains have been traveling on the Euro-Asian route, and in the past two years, more than 300 freight trains were sent to and from China.

DB Schenker Logistics has been in China for decades and has a closely-knit network of locations in all major economic regions.
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The launch of a number of international rail routes such as the Chongqing-Xinjiang-Europe railway, has generated rapid growth in the transshipments at the Kazakhstan's border checkpoint of Druzhba, said the manager of a container cargo reloading company there, according to the Shipping Gazette.
The manager is expecting further increases in their business volume. Under China's policy of developing the west, a number of Sino-European railways have been inaugurated and have increased trade in China's western region with central Asian and European countries.
Druzhba, (pop 7,500) is on the Sino-Kazakh border next to China's Alashankou (pop 10,000) in Xinjaing, has now become an important gateway for railway cargo moved from China to central Asia and Europe. All containers need to be reloaded onto broad-gauged Russian trains.
Rail cargo from China passing via the Druzhba station is growing year by year. Especially with the last year, with the launch of cargo railways from China to Europe, including the Chongqing-Xinjiang-Europe railway, there are 10 trains on with nearly 500 cars loads being reloaded in Druzhba as the rail gauge changes. Druzhba's cargo reloading stations have also increased to seven.
In order to offer faster customs clearance service, China's railway and customs authorities keep improving their efficiency of cargo reloading and clearance. In Druzhba, reloading of cargo of a whole train can be completed within six hours. Time is even shorter for the direct services like the Chongqing-Xinjiang-Europe railway. "We are hoping for more and more of such services, so as to bring more business opportunities for both sides', said the manager.
The manager's saying is proved at China's Alashankou border checkpoint. Deputy station chief of Alashankou Railway Station Li Kai said the Chongqing-Xinjiang-Europe railway service cooperates with the customs and has developed a fast track sorting and clearance system that greatly enhances efficiency and convenience.
Ten years ago, Alashankou railway checkpoint handled mostly large quantity bulk imports from Central Asia. As western China region undergoes fast development and the Sino-European railways are launched, exports via the checkpoint are have been increasing and has reached the same level as imports.
In the first half of this year, Alashankou railway checkpoint's export freight grew 4.5 per cent to 2.94 million tonnes.
With launch of the international railways, Alashankou checkpoint's flowing direction and structure of trade cargo is changing. Vice director of supervision of the Alashankou checkpoint Mr Li said, the checkpoint used to handle mostly household goods, construction materials and machines. Now the proportion of higher value cargo like laptops and high-tech products is increasing.
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URUMQI, Sept. 3 (Xinhua) -- Chinese Vice President Li Yuanchao on Monday delivered a speech at the third China-Eurasia Economic Development and Cooperation Forum that opened in Urumqi, capital of northwest China's Xinjiang Uygur Autonomous Region. The following is the full text of the speech.
Promote Common Development Through Greater Openness and Cooperation

Speech by H.E. Li Yuanchao

Vice President of the People's Republic of China

At the Third China-Eurasia Economic Development and Cooperation Forum

Urumqi, 2 September 2013

Since their inception in 2011, the China-Eurasia Expo and the Economic Development and Cooperation Forum have become a major platform of economic cooperation, trade and cultural exchanges between China and other Eurasian countries and an important window showcasing fresh achievements in Xinjiang's reform and opening up and its foreign exchange and cooperation. The theme of this Forum, "Openness, Mutual Trust, Common Development", reflects the shared aspiration of the governments and peoples of all Eurasian countries.
Eurasian countries are closely connected with each other. And greater openness and cooperation is a vital way leading to development and prosperity on the Eurasian continent. There are at least four reasons for this. First, geographic proximity. Many countries in the region share the same mountains and rivers. Amu Darya and Syr Darya rivers nurture countries in Central Asia. Five Eurasian countries live around the Caspian Sea. China and South Asian countries are connected by Mount Himalayas. And people in six Southeast Asian countries drink water from the same river. Second, trade connectivity. As early as 2,000 years ago, the ancient Silk Road connected the east and west ends of the Eurasian continent. Today, the Eurasian Land Bridge has become a major global trading route. China's trade with other countries in Asia and Europe totaled 2.7 trillion US dollars in 2012, including nearly 400 billion US dollars between China and countries in Central, West and South Asia. By the end of 2012, China's foreign investment stock in Central, South and West Asia reached 14.86 billion US dollars. Third, economic complimentarity. Russia and Turkmenistan's natural gas reserves account for over half of the world's total. Coal resources in countries like Kazakhstan and Mongolia are among the top in the world. Tajikistan and Kyrgyzstan have abundant water resources. Nepal has world-renowned tourist resources. China and other emerging markets have huge consumption markets and production capacities. There is vast room for economic cooperation among the Eurasian countries. Fourth, security inter-dependence. The Eurasian region is stable on the whole. Yet, local turbulences and terrorist activities happen from time to time. Faced with such threats which are often transnational, no country can stay immune. Cooperation among all countries is the only viable way to uphold regional security.
The world economy is undergoing profound changes. The trends toward economic globalization and regional integration are gaining momentum. We need to promote common development of the Eurasian region through greater openness and cooperation. Historically, the heartland in Eurasia was the most dynamic and prosperous region in the global economic landscape. There were vibrant trading activities, as west Asian merchants took horses, iron tools, linen and wool products from the West to the East, in exchange for silk, gemstones and spices. Due to multiple factors, some countries in Eurasia are yet to enter the fast track of economic development, and are faced with urgent development tasks. In order to translate the potential strengths in population, resources, market and technology into development advantages, countries in Eurasia need to further expand all-round openness and cooperation.
First, we need to advance political mutual trust and improve the security environment in the region. A proverb in Xinjiang goes, "Harmony holds the key to success." Over the years, Eurasian countries have been committed to fostering a stable and secure environment for development. The member states of the Shanghai Cooperation Organization (SCO) have jointly fought against the "three forces", namely, terrorism, separatism and extremism and effectively upheld peace and security in the region. Given that the "three forces" are still quite rampant, there is a need for countries to combat them with continued joint efforts. Eurasian countries need to establish a new security concept featuring mutual trust, mutual benefit, equality and coordination, support each other on issues concerning core national interests, strengthen cooperation on major regional issues, and jointly meet security challenges.
Second, we need to expand market openness and explore greater space for mutually beneficial cooperation. Recent years have witnessed greater openness and cooperation among Eurasian countries in such fields as trade, investment and finance. In 2012, Asian and European countries achieved a total foreign trade of over 25 trillion US dollars, and they attracted over 770 billion US dollars of foreign investment, and made over 870 billion US dollars of outbound investment. Regional cooperation mechanisms such as the SCO and ASEAN have been committed to upgrading regional facilitation and integration. To share in more dividends from economic globalization, Eurasian countries need to promote trade and investment liberalization and facilitation with a broader prospective and a more open mind and create conditions for the full flow of goods, services and capital in the region.
Third, we need to promote connectivity and consolidate the physical basis for opening up and cooperation. In recent years, many Eurasian countries have increased their input in transport and other infrastructure building, and actively promoted connectivity. The launch of the Chongqing-Xinjiang-Europe railway has opened a new transport and logistics route between Asia and Europe. The China-Kazakhstan Horgos railway, the China-Kyrgyzstan-Uzbekistan road and the Kunming-Bangkok highway have closely connected China with related countries. The China-Central Asia natural gas pipelines, which extend over 1,800 kilometers, have brought tangible benefits to people of countries along the lines. The Chinese government wishes to propose that the Eurasian countries promote the building of the new grand Eurasia passage, and develop the Eurasian Land Bridge into a new growth pole that integrates transportation, oil and gas pipelines, telecommunication cables, logistics and trade, so as to boost regional cooperation. China will work with relevant countries to speed up the construction of transport projects such as the western China-western Europe road, the China-Kyrgyzstan-Uzbekistan railway and the Tajikistan-China road.
Fourth, we need to increase people-to-people exchange and foster a sound environment for openness and cooperation. Blessed with splendid cultures, the Eurasian countries enjoy dynamic people-to-people exchange. China and many other countries in Eurasia have hosted theme-year and theme-month events. The Confucius Institutes are serving as important bonds of cultural exchange. The Eurasian countries need to uphold the principle of mutual respect, equality, inclusiveness and mutual learning, expand exchange in education, science, culture and press, and promote mutual understanding and friendship between our peoples.
The Report to the 18th National Congress of the Communist Party of China has stressed that China will hold high the banner of peace, development, cooperation and mutual benefit, and implement a more proactive opening up strategy. China will continue to open up to the east and expand westward openness. The China-Kazakhstan International Border Cooperation Center in Horgos is up and running. The fully established Kashgar and Horgos economic development zones in Xinjiang now serve as windows and platforms of China's opening up to the west. We hope that visionary business leaders will turn their eyes to Xinjiang, a major forefront of China's westward openness, an important hub on the Eurasian Land Bridge, and an ideal destination for investment.
China is committed to common development through mutually beneficial cooperation. The Chinese people often say that, "A good friend is an invaluable asset." There is also a proverb in Central Asia that goes, "You stand to gain if your neighbors get rich." The Eurasian heartland is a new growth area of China's foreign trade and investment, and one of the popular destinations for Chinese tourists. In the next five years, China will import goods worth eight trillion US dollars from Asia and Europe and will invest over 450 billion US dollars to Asia and Europe. This will offer new opportunities and more space for the mutually beneficial cooperation between China and other Eurasian countries.
The Eurasian continent is a land of vitality and hope. The people on the continent are full of vigor and wisdom. Let us join hands to write a new chapter in the opening up, cooperation and common development of Eurasian countries, and create a brighter future to all the people in Eurasia.
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Large reception for container train from China in the Port of Duisburg


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The arrival of the regular container train between Chongqing in Central Asia and Duisburg was celebrated today with a large reception in the Port of Duisburg. The occasion was the strong interest of representatives of the Chinese media and state television in the “Yuxinou” rail connection between Asia and Europe, and the Port of Duisburg in particular, as the destination. The train, which needs just 16 days for the journey between the two economic metropolises, started a good two years ago as the first train between China and Germany with one round trip per week. The number of weekly
departures has since risen to three – with continued positive growth prospects.
“The train is twice as fast as transport on the sea route, but is only half as expensive as air freight. On the Chinese side it is already being described as the new Silk Road,” says Erich Staake, Chief Executive Officer of Duisburger Hafen
AG, in front of city and media representatives from Chongqing and numerous guests of the City of Duisburg
and participants from German and Chinese companies from the port and the region.
The connection has expanded duisport’s international network. “As a result the port has moved even more into
the focus of global delivery chains, strengthening Duisburg as a leading logistics location and having positive effects
on employment prospects,” emphasizes Staake. Daoyi Ding, Deputy General Director of the Information Office
from Chongqing also attests to the great potential: “With more than 30 million inhabitants Chongqing is one of the
fastest growing metropolitan areas in the world. The train connection offers incredible opportunities relating to
cultural and economic exchanges between China and Europe”.
Numerous companies from the electrical, computer and high tech industries, for example, the US manufacturer
Hewlett Packard (HP), the Taiwanese supplier of electrical appliances Foxconn and the computer manufacturer Acer
also from Taiwan, as well as car manufacturers and suppliers and machine tools manufacturers, have their production locations in the “City of Light” on the Yangtze Kiang. Daoyi Ding: “Arriving in the middle of Germany and the opportunity to distribute goods further from here makes the container train very attractive to the companies based
in our city.”
“As a China expert with its town twinning over many years with Wuhan, Duisburg is thus further building on its pole
position as a logistics turntable. This currently and also prospectively involves enormous benefits for the economic
location, the promotion of foreign trade and also jobs development here,” emphasizes Mayor Sören Link.
The 10,300 kilometer long Trans-Eurasian connection through China, Kazakhstan, Russia, Belarus, Poland and Germany was developed by DB Schenker Rail and Trans Eurasia Logistics, a joint venture between DB AG and the Russian railway RZD, in 2008. It is intended to be an alternative to the heavily used and 2,000 kilometers longer northern route via the Trans-Siberian Railway. The manufacturer HP, which has high quality electronics and computer technology transported from Chongqing to Duisburg using the train, was also included. The advantages are obvious: transferring containers from Chongqing to a Chinese sea port takes about three days alone. A period of time during which the train towards
Duisburg has already put half of its route in China behind it.
The loading capacity per train is 41 to 50 forty foot containers. The runtime is just 16 days and thus twice as
fast as transport on the sea route. Security is also provided: every single container is continually monitored by a GPS system during the whole transport period.
“A direct trans-continental train connection to China is an interesting addition to sea transport,” says Erich Staake,
convinced of the further success of the Chongqing-Duisburg route.
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The first wagons of Kaztemirtrans on the route Kazakhstan - Turkey was sent by train ferry from the port of Poti (Georgia) in the direction of the port Derince (Istanbul, Turkey) by ship "Heroes of Shipka" on August 29, 2013.
On arrival at the port of Derince railway wagons were unloaded. On September 14 wagons of "Kaztemirtrans" returned by ferry to the port of Poti for onward carriage of cargo by rail to Karagandy station.

- The project is implemented through the active cooperation of several companies: shipping Ukrferry which is the largest Ukrainian ferry carrier on the Black Sea, Bati Rail - a well-known Turkish multimodal transport group, and Global Hauling - Georgian transport company - regional operator of Kaztemirtrans JSC in Georgia, - noted the president of Kaztemirtrans Kanat Almagambetov.

The company intends to continue to work on the efficient use of freight car fleet and the expansion of the transportation geography. In the long term is the promotion of freight services by Kaztemirtrans wagons between the other countries of the Central Asian region - Uzbekistan, Kyrgyzstan, Tajikistan, Turkmenistan and Turkey through this ferry and regional operator.

http://www.railways.kz
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First speedy FELB container train from Suzhou to Warsaw crosses Russian border point


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Far East Land Bridge, a joint venture of Russian Railways Logistics, continues its geographic expansion by introduction of fast container train service on the new route linking China and Europe. The first train was dispatched on September 30 from Suzhou, China, via Zabaykalsk, Russia, Brest, Belarus, to Warsaw, Poland, and crossed the Russian border on October 4. Among the shipped cargo - electronics and technology items manufactured in China. The delivery is carried out in the framework of “Tran-Siberia in 7 days” project with the support of the Government of Suzhou. Average train speed on the territory of Russia exceeds 1000 km per day. According to preliminary calculations the train will reach the final point in Poland in 14 days.
According to Thomas Kargl, CEO of the Austrian FELB, the perspectives of the current project organized in cooperation with the government of Suzhou, PKP Cargo and Russian Railways Logistics on dispatching new speedy container train from Suzhou, industrial center in Eastern China, are promising, hence the volume expectation is estimated at three trains per week.
In the framework of the speedy container train project Russian Railways Logistics provides freight forwarding, customs clearance, information support and other services related to the provision of transit transportation on the territory of Russia and Belarus on the route via Zabaykalsk, Russia, and Brest, Belarus, of the length of over 7600 km.
Cooperation with Transport Development Group allowed to proceed the train at Zabaykalsk, Russia/Manzhouli, Mongolia, border crossing point at a record time of two hours by issuing electronic document and using a new universal software package. It is expected that based on the fast registration this train project will become a new competitive quality service in terms of cargo delivery time.
Transport Development Group operates as a customs representative in Russia and offers a full range of services for export-import operations, including communication with suppliers, logistics services and customs clearance.
Far East Land Bridge specializes in transit container train projects on route China-Europe and cooperates with the companies like BMW, LG, Samsung and others. Partnership of Russian Railways Logistics with FELB aimed at implementation of strategy on introduction of integrated logistics services in Asian and European markets and development of transit potential of the Russian railways.
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New freight rail connection between China and Poland opens
15 October 2013 China

PKP Cargo Logistics has launched a railway connection with China in cooperation with Far East Land Bridge and Russian Railway Logistics.
The first rail reached Warsaw on Monday after a 2-week journey. It left the Chinese city of Suzhou on October 1 with 43 containers worth of cargo.
The firm organizing the shipment on behalf of PKP Cargo Logistics is Cargosped, which will carry out loading, technical supervision and storage in Poland, as well as car deliveries from the terminal to the cargo’s final destination.
It's not the first cargo railway route between 2 countries. Earlier this year, a link between Chengdu and ?ód? was set up, with the trains arriving 3 times a week.
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New cargo train connection between China and Poland opens





PKP Cargo Logistics has launched a railway connection with China in cooperation with Far East Land Bridge and Russian Railway Logistics.
The first train reached Warsaw on Monday after a two-week journey. It left the Chinese city of Suzhou on October 1 with 43 containers worth of cargo.
The company organizing the shipment on behalf of PKP Cargo Logistics is Cargosped, which will carry out loading, technical supervision and storage in Poland, as well as car deliveries from the terminal to the cargo’s final destination.
It's not the first freight railway route between two countries. Earlier this year, a link between Chengdu and ?ód? was set up, with the trains arriving three times a week.
Shipment by train costs between four and eight times less than air freight and takes half the time a cargo ship takes to reach Europe.
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First speedy FELB container train arrives in Warsaw from Suzhou


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The first speedy FELB train dispatched from Suzhou, China, in cooperation with the government of Suzhou, PKP Cargo and RZD Logistics arrived in Warsaw, Poland, on October 14. 42-wagon train travel time amounted to initially an-nounced 14 days. Among the shipped cargo - electronics and technology items produced in China.  
In the framework of the speedy container train project Russian Railways Logistics provides freight forwarding, customs clearance, information support and other services related to the provision of transit transportation on the territory of Russia and Belarus on the route of over 7600 km.
Cooperation with Transport Development Group allowed to proceed the train at Russia/China border crossing point at a record time of two hours by issuing electronic document and using a new universal software package. It is expected that based on the fast registration service this train project will become 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 dis-patched in the future.
Far East Land Bridge specializes in transit container train projects on route China-Europe and cooperates with the companies like BMW, LG, Samsung and others. Partnership of Russian Railways Logistics with FELB aimed at imple-mentation of strategy on introduction of integrated logistics services in Asian and European markets and development of transit potential of the Russian railways.
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CHENGDU, Oct. 24 (Xinhua) -- A regular express train from Poland to southwest China's Sichuan Province is expected to be inaugurated by the end of this month, authorities with Sichuan's Chengdu City said on Thursday.
The first one-way express rail service in the opposite direction -- from Chengdu to Lodz in central Poland, crossing Kazakhstan, Russia and Belarus -- began running on April 24.
The rail transport is organized by China's Chengdu Hatrans YHF Intermodal Logistics, and Lodz-based logistics firm Hatrans is the train operator in Poland.
"Twenty-three trains have so far traveled from China to Poland, transporting 1,886 TEUs," said Chen Zhongwei, director of the General Office of Chengdu Municipal Leading Group for Modern Logistics Development.
The one-way service, traveling 9,826 km in 12 days, is eight to 10 days faster than ordinary trains, but thus far has traveled back empty to China during the initial trial operation period.
The operation of the railway from Poland back to China is expected to help boost Sino-European trade, transporting products including European cars to China next month.
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China-Europe rail service to be inaugurated soon
25 October 2013 Beijing

Authorities in Sichuan's Chengdu city said on Thursday, a regular express train from Poland to southwest China's Sichuan province is expected to be inaugurated by the end of this month.
The first one-way express rail service in the opposite direction from Chengdu to Lodz in central Poland, crossing Kazakhstan, Russia and Belarus began running on April 24.
The rail transport is organised by China's Chengdu Hatrans YHF Intermodal Logistics, and Lodz-based logistics firm Hatrans is the train operator in Poland.
Chen Zhongwei, director of the General Office of Chengdu Municipal Leading Group for Modern Logistics Development said, "Twenty-three trains have so far travelled from China to Poland, transporting 1,886 Twenty Foot Equivalent Unit (TEU).”
The one-way service, traveling 9,826 kilometer (km) in 12 days, is eight to 10 days faster than ordinary trains, but thus far has travelled back empty to China during the initial trial operation period.
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Chengdu-Europe expresses rail cargo service to begin 2-way operation
09 November 2013 China

The 9,826-kilometre international direct rail freight service from Chengdu to Lodz, Poland, the fastest rail service from China to Europe, is about to begin 2-way operation this month.
The Chengdu-Europe express rail one-way service opened for traffic on April 26, from Chengdu's Qingbaijiang Container Centre, crossing into Kazakhstand at Alataw Pass and on to Russia and Belarus before arriving at Lodz, Poland's third city.
The journey takes 12 to 14 days at present and then the shipments can be distributed to any parts of Europe within one to three days.
The service has moved a total of 1,886 Twenty Foot Equivalent Unit (TEU) as of now with 23 operations running, according to Chengdu Logistics Office director Mr. Chen Zhongwei.
Chengdu-Europe express was not a new railway, but a combined existing tracks. Customs clearance efficiency has been greatly enhanced by applying the "three 'once'" new customs clearance mode of one declaration, one inspection and one clearance, Mr. Chen said.
At present, Chengdu-made products such as laptops, women's shoes, auto parts and sporting goods are shipped to Poland through the service. Once the two-way service operation started, European autos are expected to be imported to Sichuan by the end of the month.
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SEOUL, Nov. 13 (Xinhua) -- South Korean President Park Geun-hye and her Russian counterpart Vladimir Putin on Wednesday shared views on the idea of more unified Eurasia via logistics cooperation, paving the way for South Korean companies to expand investment into the Democratic People's Republic of Korea (DPRK) in an indirect way.
Putin arrived in Seoul earlier Wednesday to hold his second summit talks with Park. The two leaders met on the sidelines of the Group of 20 summit meeting in September in Russia's second- largest city of Saint Petersburg.
During the summit, Park and Putin witnessed the signing of the memorandum of understanding (MOU) to allow three South Korean firms, including steelmaker POSCO, shipper Hyundai Merchant Marine and state-run Korea Railroad Corp., to take part in the projects of Rajin-Khasan rail track management and Rajin port development.
The three companies will decide on their participation after conducting a due diligence in the first half of 2014, the presidential office Cheong Wa Dae said in a statement.
The 54-km Rajin-Khasan railway, which links the DPRK's northeastern port city of Rajin to its nearby Russian town Khasan, was reopened in September after completing renovations.
It re-connected the port to Russia's Trans Siberian Railway ( TSR), opening the door for South Korean exporters to transport goods first by sea and move them by railway to as far as Europe.
In 2000, Putin and late DPRK leader Kim Jong-il agreed on the Rajin-Khasan development project to link Korea's Trans-Korean Railway (TKR) and Russia's TSR. A joint venture RasonKonTrans was set up in October 2008 for the 340 million-U.S. dollar project.
The state-owned Russian Railways held a 70-percent stake in the joint venture, with the remaining stake held by Pyongyang. The three South Korean companies will be allowed to invest into the Russian stake.
Joining the project by the three South Korean firms would pave the way for expansion in Seoul's investment into Pyongyang, which has been actually banned by the so-called May 24 sanctions.
South Korea imposed the sanctions against the DPRK since 2010 when the country's Navy corvette Cheonan sank in waters near a western maritime border in what a Seoul-led multinational investigation team said was a torpedo attack by the DPRK. Pyongyang has repeatedly denied its involvement in the incident.
Seoul's Unification Ministry spokeswoman Park Soo-jin told a routine press briefing that the government's stance on the May 24 measures has not changed yet, but she noted that a joint venture between South Korean firms and foreign companies will not be subject to the sanctions.
The Cheong Wa Dae said that if the Seoul's participation in the Russia-DPRK project succeeds, it can expand into other similar business projects between Seoul, Pyongyang and Moscow, while fueling the DPRK's openness.
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Seoul: Russian President Vladimir Putin was in South Korea Wednesday, pushing a pet project for a new trading route linking Asia and Europe by rail that requires prying open North Korea.


The ambitious scheme envisages an “Iron Silk Road” uniting the rail networks of South and North Korea and connecting them to Europe via the Trans-Siberian Railway.



But it faces huge political obstacles, given the volatility of inter-Korean relations and the international community’s struggle to contain the UN sanction-laden North’s nuclear ambitions.



Speaking to a South Korea-Russia business conference during his one-day visit, Putin acknowledged the difficulties but said they were outweighed by the project’s potential advantages.











“I hope political problems will be solved at an early date, as South Korea, North Korea and Russia will reap great economic benefits when it’s completed,” Putin said, urging South Korean investors to come on board.



“This project, if accomplished, will help make a great contribution to the establishment of peace and stability on the Korean peninsula,” he added



Russia took a first step in September, when it completed a 54-kilometre track from its southeast border town of Khasan to the North Korean port of Rajin.



Located in the far northeast, where the borders of North Korea, Russia and China converge, Rajin offers a warm-water port for the North’s two giant neighbours.



Putin’s desire is to see the rail link extended through North Korea, across the world’s last Cold War frontier, and all the way down to the southern South Korean port of Busan.



Media reports say Russia is looking for South Korea to take a 34 per cent share in the project, with Moscow holding 36 per cent and Pyongyang 30 per cent.



Steelmaker POSCO, train operator Korail, and Hyundai Maritime have been suggested as possible members of a consortium to take on the South Korean share.



Andrei Lankov, a Russian expert on North Korea who teaches at Seoul’s Kookmin University, remains “very sceptical” about the entire undertaking.



“The idea itself makes perfect sense from a trade and economic viewpoint,” Lankov told AFP.



“But this is clearly going to cost billions of dollars and what companies are going to risk that much investment with North Korea in the current climate?”



“I’m sure North Korea will be keen, because once it got started, it would provide Pyongyang with a new project to manipulate and use to pressure others,” he added.



Lankov said the same financial and political risks applied to plans to build a pipeline to supply both Koreas with Russian natural gas.



Observers highlight the precedent of the Kaesong industrial zone jointly run by North and South Korea, which Pyongyang unilaterally shut down in April as military tensions surged.



The zone reopened in September, but South Korean factory owners said they lost a small fortune during the five-month closure.



Putin was expected to bring up both the rail and the gas projects with South Korean President Park Geun-Hye, whom he last held talks with on the sidelines of a G20 meeting in Saint Petersburg in September.



The two leaders will also discuss North Korea’s nuclear weapons programme, amid signs that Pyongyang, despite UN sanctions, is moving ahead on all fronts to acquire a credible nuclear deterrent.



Russia is a member of the stalled six-party talks on North Korea’s nuclear programme, along with China, the United States, Japan and the two Koreas.



China and North Korea have been pushing for a resumption of the dialogue, but Seoul and Washington insist Pyongyang must first show some genuine commitment to denuclearisation.
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Chengdu-Europe Railway's single run freight value exceeds US$10 million


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A recent run of the Chengdu-Europe Railway service carried cargo valuing US$10.15 million. This is the first time that the freight worth of a single run of the service surpassed US$10 million.
This means that the Chengdu-Europe Railway has become one of the major transport means for Sino-European trade from central and western China to Europe and help the region shake off the dependence on sea ports, said a report from Xinhua.
The run carried mostly laptops, garments, TV sets, vacuum cleaners. Dell's Chengdu-made laptop exports contributed to the majority of the batch of freight's worth, at 83.6 per cent. The train also carried another batch of laptops manufactured in eastern China's coastal province Jiangsu, which valued $9.05 million.
Wu Jian, a director from Chengdu customs, said that the railway operated 24 runs since it commenced operation in April, carrying a total of 1,964 TEU, weighing 33.9 million tonnes. The freight the service carried added up to $67.68 million in total.
The service is a support to the development of European-export-oriented production base in the central and western China region, and enhances the competitive edge for Chengdu-made exports.
As of October, the service has moved exported products for 105 manufacturers to Europe. The direct linkage and lower cost have attracted manufacturers from Shanghai, Zhejiang, Fujian and Guangdong, said Mr Wu. He also noted that the policy that shippers will get no less than 30 per cent transport cost as subsidy during the first two years of the service is another attraction to the shippers.
The railway also plans to offer return service from Europe based on the cooperation between Chengdu and Europe on the hi-tech and automobile industry and also collects cargo from Russia and Kazakhstan along the way.
The Chengdu-Europe Railway runs from Chengdu to Poland. It offers one run per week on Friday. A single journey lasts 12 days, which is only one third of the time of using ocean shipping, and is only five days longer than by air yet the cost is only one fourth that of air transport. It suits the transportation need of both goods with lower and higher added value.
An official from the Chengdu customs also disclosed that Apple has successfully ran the transport test for iPad on the 20th run of the railway service.
The Chengdu-Europe has also launched an additional line via Inner Mongolia's Erenhot border checkpoint to its existing line via the Alashankou checkpoint in Xinjiang, to avoid congestion due to volume of China-European railways. Also, the windy weather in Xinjiang has made the congestion worse.
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New Sino-Euro rail cargo service from Guangzhou-Xinjiang inaugurated
07 December 2013 China



A new rail freight service from China to Europe has commenced operation. This time from China's Pearl River Delta city Guangzhou via Xinjiang's Alashankou border checkpoint to Russia.
The first run set off from Guangzhou and reached Xinjiang's Alashankou checkpoint recently, and entered into Russia after having the freight reloaded onto broad-gauge rails.
According to Urumqi Railway Bureau, the total distance of the new railway way is about 20,000 kilometers. The service offers two 15-day trips a week, 25 days faster than by sea shipping, and much cheaper than air cargo.
A number of scheduled railway cargo services from China to Europe have been launched, there are ones from Chengdu, from Chongqing and from Zhengzhou, and most of these lines choose to cross border via Xinjiang's Alashankou border checkpoint.
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Hefei to start new rail cargo route to Germany through Kazakhstan
09 December 2013 China



Eastern China hinterland city recently held a promotional campaign for the planned "New Eurasian Land Bridge", which is a new railway cargo transportation way to Europe.
Being another among many of such rail freight routes to Europe that are launched during recent years from China's inland cities, the Hefei-Europe route will run through northern city Zhengzhou, west China's Xian, Lanzhou and Urumqi, Kazakhstan, Russia, Belarus, Poland and Germany.
The railway route is said to enjoy much lower cost than using air service while the transport time will be 15 days shorter than by ocean shipping.
Hefei's foreign trade has been growing at a rate of more than 20% in recent years. A fast and convenient rail freight transport route is said to be needed in order to meet increasing demand for moving foreign-bound freight, and will help to spur development of Hefei's export-oriented economy.
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First transit container train departs from China to Nakhodka-East station via Suifenhe-Grodekovo border crossing19.12.2013 15:51
Section: Railway transport A demonstration container train consisting of forty wagons of transit cargo left for the first time the People's Republic of China for the southern ports of China and the Republic of Korea via the Vladivostok region of the Far Eastern Main Line.
A special timetable schedule was developed specifically for this trip, with the train departing from the Grodekovo border station at 07:20 and arriving at the Nakhodka-Vostochnaya station at 18:00 Moscow time later the same day. Total travel time was 10 hours and 40 minutes.
Both China and Russia need rail transport between Suifenhe-Grodekovo – Nakhodka-Vostochnaya (Vostochny Port) nowadays. Among Chinese shippers are large companies such as HuaShen, which dispatches between 300-600 containers every month loaded with paper, chemical products and agricultural products to China's southern ports.
This corridor is an alternative to the traditional route via the Chinese port of Dalian, which is now significantly overloaded. Rail transportation allows the shipment of goods in commercial quantities in the shortest possible time.
The project to develop an international rail connection between Suifenhe in China and Grodekovo in Russia was implemented in the framework of the decisions adopted by the Working Group of the Greater Tumangan Initiative (GTI) in October 2013.
One of the key areas of GTI cooperation is to organise transit shipments of Chinese exports via Russia's seaports in its Far East region. The regular dispatch of transit containers on this route will optimise the transport and logistics supply chain of goods from China's northern provinces and in the opposite direction by using the infrastructure of stevedoring companies of the Far East and Russian Railways.

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DHL to launch temperature-controlled China-Europe rail service
23 January 2014 China



DHL Global Forwarding, Freight has launched a temperature-controlled China-Europe rail service for its delivery service.
The new rail is equipped with a diesel-electric engine and will control, track and remotely modify internal temperatures of the containers. The service offers a multi-modal shipping solution for temperature sensitive products.
Launched in collaboration with YHF Logistics in 2013, the rail service begins in Chengdu, China and runs along China's West corridor to DHL's intermodal hub in Malaszewicze and Lodz, Poland.
Containers of the rail service are lightweight and made from aluminum and high-strength steel. They are equipped with an advanced track and trace system that allows customers to know their shipment's precise location and also check and modify internal temperatures during the route if necessary.
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DHL launches temperature-controlled China-Europe rail service


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DHL Global Forwarding, Freight rolls out its development plans for a unique temperature-controlled China-Europe rail service. Powered by a diesel-electric engine, DHL containers allow internal temperatures to be controlled, tracked and remotely modified. This provides an all-year round multi-modal shipping solution for temperature sensitive products that traditionally were unable to use the fast and cost-effective trans-continental West rail corridor, during harsh winter and hot summer months.
Amadou Diallo, CEO DHL Freight, said: "Only in May 2013 we introduced our time saving and CO2 efficiency increasing multimodal solution for transports between Asia and Europe. With the launch of our new China to Europe temperature-controlled shipping capabilities we are now able to upgrade this service within less than one year. Our customers in both continents will experience the usual DHL quality coupled with a much greater flexibility as we provide them access to this effective transport route for their temperature-sensitive products year round - whatever the weather is, from the most scorching summer to the coldest winter."
Advanced track and trace system with high level of customer control
DHL's temperature-controlled rail service allows for precise climate control of containers on the fastest lane from China to Europe - the West corridor between Chengdu and Lodz. Despite external temperatures that range annually from highs above 26°C to lows of an average of at least -17°C, customers can set optimum internal temperatures for their consignment from -25°C to 25°C all-year round - a considerable benefit for hi-tech and other temperature sensitive goods in particular. Containers are lightweight and made from aluminum and high-strength steel and provide their own energy using a diesel-electric engine. All are fitted with an advanced track and trace system that allows customers to not only know their shipment's precise location but also check and modify internal temperatures during the route if necessary.
The China-Europe rail service was launched last year in partnership with YHF Logistics, operator of the rail service that runs along China's West corridor - the Chengdu Express Train. Dubbed the fastest rail connection between China and Europe, the service starts in Chengdu, China and runs along China's West corridor to DHL's intermodal hub in Małaszewicze and Lodz, Poland.
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DHL offers temperature-control on China rail service
01 February 2014 China



DHL Global Forwarding is offering a temperature-controlled option on its new China-Europe rail service.
Diesel-powered reefer boxes allow internal temperature control and tracking for temperature sensitive products that traditionally were unable to use the rail corridor, during harsh winter and hot summer months that can range from above 26C to at least -17C.
Customers can set optimum internal temperatures for their consignment from -25C to 25C.
The service operates from Chengdu, China to DHL’s intermodal hub in Malaszewicze and Lodz, Poland.
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Russian Railways Logistics to develop temperature controlled delivery services


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Russian Railways Logistics, subsidiary of Russian Railways Holding, successfully organized trial low temperature delivery of electronic goods from Chongqing, China, to Europe (Duisburg, Germany) in cooperation with YuXinOu (Chongqing) Logistics Co., Ltd., RZD Logistics joint venture. The cargo was shipped in insulated and refri-gerated containers with integrated diesel generators to maintain optimum temperature.
According to Pavel Lagov, RZD Logistics Sales Director, the company analyzed diversity of transit cargo transported from China to Europe and developed the proposal aimed at minimizing seasonal traffic fluctuations when delivering high-tech goods in winter due to low temperature.  
Delivery time on transit route linking six countries, namely China, Kazakhstan, Russia, Belarus, Poland and Germany, amounted to 16 days. Specialized container equipment allowed to maintain and to control cargo temperature throughout the journey and to deliver high-tech electronics fully operational.
Also Mr.Lagov expressed RZDL confidence in efficiency and reliability of the service and readiness to organize temper-ature controlled delivery of high-tech and any other type of cargo from Asia to Europe, Russia and CIS throughout the year.

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