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Russian Railways Logistics to provide temperature controlled delivery services
01 March 2014 Russia



Russian Railways Logistics, a 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 refrigerated 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. Lagov expressed RZDL confidence in efficiency and reliability of the service and readiness to organize temperature controlled delivery of high-tech and any other type of cargo from Asia to Europe, Russia and CIS throughout the year. YuXinOu (Chongqing) Logistics Co., Ltd. is a joint venture founded by the Transport Holding Chongqing (CQCT), China Railway International Multimodal Transport (CRIMT), JSC Russian Railways Logistics, Schenker China Ltd. and JSC Kaztransservice, was registered in Chongqing (China) in May 2012.
Russian Railways Logistics owns 16.3 % of YuXinOu share. The company provides freight forwarding, customs clearance, consulting and other services on Europe-Asia route. JSC Russian Railways Logistics, Russian Railways Holding subsidiary was founded in 2010 for the purpose of develop-ment of logistics business.
In cooperation with Russian Railways subsidiaries and leading global transportation companies RZD logistics offers high-quality delivery solutions for its customers all over the world.
Since the company was established in 2010 RZDL organized delivery of 7 mn tons of cargo.
Russian Railways Logistics offers rail, road and sea-freight, intermodal transportation, storage and terminal handling, customs and insurance services, supply chain management.

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Backhaul freight service on the Zhengzhou-Hamburg railway will commence on March 30


 20.03.2014  


Backhaul freight service on the Zhengzhou-Hamburg railway will commence on March 30 on a monthly schedule, Xinhua reports.
Since last July, the service has made 20 runs, rising to weekly frequency, which to be increased to twice weekly in May from Zhengzhou, the capital Henan province.
The 51-car freight stops at 14 stations including Poland's Malaszewicze, Moscow, Duisburg and Hamburg on its 15 day journey from Zhengzhou on the Yellow River, equidistant from Beiing and Shanghai.
Since the launch of the Zhengzhou-Europe cargo railway service, some of the European clients have moved their warehouses to Zhengzhou (pop 8 million), where cost is lower than in Europe, said Ge Ruisi, a sales manager from a local manufacturer.
In addition to Chongqing and Chengdu, which also run similar services, Hefei (pop 1.6 million) 200 kilometres west of Shanghai, and Xi'an (pop 8.4 million) 400 kilometres to the west of Zhengzhou, are also applying to launch their own China-Europe rail services.
As China becomes the largest trading nation, the Eurasian Land Bridge may become one of the busiest cargo transport routes, says Xinhua.
This has changed the conventional cargo distribution methods and the time between a product going down a production line and going to market, Mr Ge said.
European clients are moving production facilities eastwards because of Zhengzhou-Hamburg railway's schedule and transit times which are half that of ocean shipping and costs that are 70 per cent less than air freight.
Mr Ge said such advantage may turn the northern city into a production and distribution centre for European brands.
Zhengzhou is already a rail and road centre, and is also developing into an air hub. The city has UPS, DHL and Alibaba's Cainiao, which have taken and provided freight for the rail service.
Cai Xuejun, a manager of Shanghai logistics company said that Zhengzhou already has a well-developed multi-modal network, which accelerated distribution and shortened collect of payments.
For example, if a company buys mostly electronic products, the value of a single rail car of goods can be about CNY3 million (US$487,000) and that of several cars can be tens of millions. Earlier collection of outstanding payments means faster capital turnover, which will accelerate the entire operation, said Mr Cai.
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Chongqing-Xinjiang-Europe rail service to start two to three runs a week


 20.03.2014  


The Chongqing government and Chongqing-Xinjiang-Europe freight rail operator have jointly announced that the service will start two to three runs a week in April and will no longer suspend operation in winter, Xinhua reports.
Zhou Shulin, general manager of Yuxinou Logistics, the rail operator, said that after three year's operation with priority for IT products, they have now decided to carry all kinds of freight.
The service will be upgraded to twice a week on Tuesday and Saturday, thrice a week in the period from June to November on Tuesday, Thursday and Saturday, and twice weekly again in December on Thursday and Saturday.
Mr Zhou said the Europe-bound service will now carry various kinds of freight from southwestern, central, southern and eastern regions besides Chongqing-made IT products. The Chongqing-bound service will carry mostly high value added goods such as auto parts, pharmaceuticals, machines and chemicals.
Yang Liqiong, an official from the Chongqing government, said now more products are able to enjoy the efficient, safe, convenient and cost-saving railway service, which will attract more shippers from the region as well as from Europe.
As of January this year, the Chongqing-Xinjiang-Europe freight railway service has launched 96 runs, including one return service, carrying a total of 8,434 TEU of trade cargo which valued more than US$3 billion.
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-Xinjiang-Europe freight rail service to open to new products
20 March 2014 Europe



The Chongqing government and Chongqing-Xinjiang-Europe freight rail operator have jointly announced that the service will start two to three runs a week in April and will no longer suspend operation in winter.
After three year's operation with priority for IT products, they have now decided to carry all kinds of freight, Zhou Shulin, general manager of Yuxinou Logistics, the rail operator, said.
The service will be upgraded to twice a week on Tuesday and Saturday, thrice a week in the period from June to November on Tuesday, Thursday and Saturday, and twice weekly again in December on Thursday and Saturday.
The Europe-bound service will now carry various kinds of freight from southwestern, central, southern and eastern regions besides Chongqing-made IT products. The Chongqing-bound service will carry mostly high value added goods such as auto parts, pharmaceuticals, machines and chemicals, he said.
Now more products are able to enjoy the efficient, safe, convenient and cost-saving railway service, which will attract more shippers from the region as well as from Europe, said Yang Liqiong, an official from the Chongqing government.
As of January this year, the Chongqing-Xinjiang-Europe freight railway service has launched 96 runs, including one return service, carrying a total of 8,434 Twenty Foot Equivalent Unit (TEU) of trade cargo which valued more than USD 3 billion
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German official says New Silk Road creates business opportunities - China
27.03.2014 14:11
Section: International cooperation
Freight trains connecting Europe and China along the "New Silk Road" railway had enormous potential that would be fully tapped, according to a minister from the German state of North Rhine-Westphalia (NRW).
"This opens new opportunities for business cooperation not only for NRW, but also for other parts of the country, Western Europe and China," Economic Affairs, Energy and Industry Minister Garrelt Duin told Xinhua in a written interview.
The international railway originates from the southwestern city of Chongqing in China, crosses the border into Kazakhstan at Alashankou, and passes through Russia, Belarus and Poland before reaching its terminus in Duisburg, a western German city in NRW's Ruhr area. The railway is named "Yu New Europe railway," also referred to as the "New Silk Road."
Duisburg is right at the heart of Europe, through which major transport corridors from north, south, east and west Europe pass. The "Yu New Europe railway" cuts the five-week shipping time of the past to only about two weeks, Duin said.
"In order to fully tap the potential, we will use all our communication channels to inform the business community," he said.
NRW had witnessed a boom in Chinese investment, Duin said. As a result of the rapid growth of China's economy, some 800 Chinese companies, including many multinational corporations, are based in NRW today, compared to 100 in 2003.
Chinese investors had created and secured about 8,000 jobs in the state and brought capital, new ideas, products, procedures and methods, he said.
Economic relations between NRW and China date back to the early 1980s.
"We are happy we took this step at an early stage," Duin said, adding it was no coincidence NRW was the top location for Chinese investors in Germany now.
Duin led a delegation to China last October and was impressed by its transportation infrastructure, including a well-developed rail network and international airports.
"The growth of the Chinese economy over the past decades has been one of the miracles of modern economic development," Duin said. "Nevertheless, it is still on the way to becoming the world's leading economy."
The rapid economic growth brought prosperity to China, but at the same time, it also led to many problems, which were "well identified and approached" in China, Duin argued.
"The Chinese leadership apparently focuses not on quantitative growth but on qualitative and sustainable growth for future development," he said.
Duin sees the market, infrastructure, qualified workforce and subsidies as factors attracting foreign investment there. Through its representative offices in Nanjing, Shanghai and Beijing, NRW's state-owned economic development agency provides Chinese companies with information about the state as a business location, its investment climate, legal and social conditions and market opportunities.
Chinese companies have focused on mergers and acquisitions in Germany since 2010. "As a rule, these are strategic acquisitions designed to continue product lines and secure jobs," he said.
Chinese investors will get more involved in Germany and Europe, according to Duin.
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OTLK and DHL agree strategic partnership on railway route between China and Europe - Russia
28.03.2014 14:38
Section: International cooperation
Russian Railways, Kazakhstan Temir Joly (Kazakhstan Railways) and Belarusian Railways, as represented by Project Office OTLK LLC, and DHL Global Forwarding, signed a memorandum of understanding in March 2014.
According to the memorandum, the parties agreed to become strategic partners in order to develop jointly railway routes between China - Europe - China and provide door-to-door container shipping services.
Project Office OTLK will provide one-stop-shop services. As part of joint operations, the company will be responsible for providing station-to-station railway links, including the provision of rolling stock, transit customs clearance for freight and other related services on the route.
For its part, DHL, is responsible for providing comprehensive services and the formation of the cargo base in both China and in Europe.
After receiving approval from the governments of the Russian Federation, Kazakhstan and Belarus to establish OTLK, all rights and obligations under the agreement will pass from the Project Office to OTLK.
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China and Germany plan to boost a railway route between their countries as President Xi Jinping prepares to welcome a cargo train packed with laptops and electronics in Duisburg, the world’s biggest inland port.

The 700-meter Yuxinou train takes 16 days to travel more than 6,800 miles (11,000 kilometers) from China via Kazakhstan, Russia, Belarus and Poland. Xi will meet the train tomorrow in a visit to Germany. It’s one of up to three weekly services leaving the industrial hub of Chongqing, where companies such as Hewlett-Packard Co. (HPQ), Acer Inc. (2353) and Apple Inc. (AAPL) supplier Foxconn Technology Co. (2354) have production sites.

“The Chongqing-Duisburg route has great potential and a daily service is definitely a goal, also from the Chinese side,” said Julian Boecker, a port spokesman, by phone. “We started off with one train per week from Duisburg two years ago, and now we have up to three weekly services, which underlines that it is not an ephemera.”

As China promotes industrial hubs in central cities such as Chongqing and Chengdu that are further away from the coast, freight trains to Europe are gaining importance because it would take several days to reach the nearest ports.

“The train is twice as fast as seaborne transport, but only half as expensive as airfreight,” said Boecker. The overland route is particularly interesting for the electronics and automotive industries because the value lost on goods such as engines and computer components during the longer sea journey is relatively high, according to Deutsche Bahn AG.

Trade Partners

China is Germany’s third-biggest trade partner. The countries imported and exported goods and services valued at 140 billion euros ($192 billion) last year, according to the Federal Statistics Office. Deutsche Bahn also started a route in August from the Chinese industrial hub of Zhengzhou to Hamburg, Europe’s third-biggest port.

The Yuxinou train is operated by Trans Eurasia Logistics GmbH, a joint venture between Deutsche Bahn and Russian Railways. It carries as many as 50 40-foot-long containers, Boecker said.

“The trains from Chongqing to Duisburg are better utilized than the other way,” said Boecker. The visit of China’s president may help to promote the service among German companies, he said.

“For companies such as car producers that want to ship ‘made-in-Germany’ quality parts to their assembly plants in China, the rail route is a good alternative to seaborne transport,” Boecker said. Volkswagen AG (VOW) inaugurated a logistics center of more than three times the size of a soccer field in Duisburg on March 20, according to a port statement.

Weather Conditions

While goods insensitive to temperature such as clothes and building materials can be transported all year long, electronic products may face travel restrictions in very hot or cold periods, said Boecker.

Deutsche Post (DPW) AG’s logistics unit DHL began offering temperature-controlled containers on its China-Europe rail service between Chengdu and its logistic hubs in the Polish cities of Lodz and Malaszewicze in January, according to spokeswoman Juliane Ranft.

Trans Eurasia Logistics is working on a similar service to be able to transport temperature sensitive goods, including medicine, on the China-Europe route, according to the company.

Duisburg increased container volumes 16 percent to more than 3 million standard 20-foot containers last year, including shipments by rail, ships and trucks.
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SINGAPORE, March 28, 2014 /PRNewswire/ -- DHL Global Forwarding, the air and ocean freight specialist within Deutsche Post DHL, is to form a new strategic partnership to develop rail forwarding services on the China-Europe route with United Transport and Logistics Company (UTLC). UTLC, which is expected to be established later in 2014, is a joint-venture partnership between OJSC Russian Railways, JSC National Company Kazakhstan Temir Zholy and State enterprise Belarusian Railway. UTLC will operate as an integrated provider of logistics and container rail transportation services between Europe and China. DHL Global Forwarding signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) in Moscow in March with the 'Project office of UTLC' (PO UTLC) ahead of the official incorporation of UTLC.
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Steve Huang, CEO, DHL Global Forwarding China, who signed the MOU, said: "The potential for rail freight growth between Asia and Europe is huge but to grow it successfully requires high-level strategic partnerships such as the one we've established between DHL Global Forwarding and UTLC. To encourage clients to enjoy the benefits of rail on these routes, we need services that are frequent, fast and reliable in terms of both delivery times and pricing. Our partnership leverages both groups' strengths to accelerate the development of rail forwarding services on the China-Europe-China route with UTLC providing all rail services in Russia, Belarus and Kazakhstan and DHL providing third party logistics and door-to-door delivery. For our customers, it will mean a one-stop, one price service."
The DHL-UTLC partnership is committed to developing rail forwarding services between China and Europe by providing regular services to customers with a container delivery time of three weeks door-to-door.
Zhanar Rymzhanova, CEO, PO UTLC, who co-signed the MOU on behalf of three railways, said: "One of the project goals is to promote best client-oriented services. UTLC will be responsible for operating station-to-station rail service, including procurement of the rolling stock, and all related services on the route as well as pricing. UTLC transit product will be based on guaranteed train schedule. With weekly departures, there's a great opportunity for development of transit potential of wide gauge track countries with cargo originating in China and Europe.
The MOU augments DHL Global Forwarding's growing Asia-Europe rail solutions. DHL Global Forwarding runs a daily service -- departing, for example, from Shanghai, Tianjin or Qingdao and running along the trans-Siberian North corridor to Europe -- with a slightly longer transit time compared to the West corridor, and a weekly China-Europe rail service launched last year along China's West corridor using the Chengdu Express Train, dubbed the fastest rail connection between China and Europe. The block train starts in Chengdu, China and runs along China's West corridor to DHL's intermodal hub in Małaszewicze and Lodz, Poland.
In January, DHL Global Forwarding introduced the first 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, historically unable to use the fast and cost-effective trans-continental West rail corridor during the harsh winter and hot summer months.
DHL Global Forwarding provides a one-stop shop service in air and ocean freight, domestic transportation, multimodal transportation, project and charting and logistics management services through modularized service offerings and extensive network coverage.
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DHL is part of Deutsche Post DHL. The Group generated revenue of more than 55 billion euros in 2013.
JSC Russian Railways is one of the largest transport networks in the world with working mileage of 85 thousand kilometers. The Group accounts for nearly 44% of Russia's cargo turnover, including pipelines, and for more than 30% of the country's passenger turnover.
JSC "NC "Kazakhstan Temir Zholy" owns the rail network of Kazakhstan. The company accounts for approximately 50% of the total cargo turnover of the country, including a significant part of its exports and carries approximately 20 million passengers annually.
The Belarusian Railway operates the national rail network of the Republic of Belarus. The company's cargo turnover makes up more than 75% of the total turnover of all public transport and accounts for approximately 40% of the country's passenger turnover.
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DHL and UTLC launch China-Europe rail freight forwarding partnership


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DHL Global Forwarding is forming a partnership to develop rail forwarding services on the China-Europe route with the soon be incorporated United Transport and Logistics Company (UTLC), according to Shipping Gazette.
UTLC is a joint-venture between OJSC Russian Railways, JSC National Company Kazakhstan Temir Zholy and State enterprise Belarusian Railway.
UTLC will operate as an integrated provider of logistics and container rail transportation services between Europe and China. DHL Global Forwarding signed a memorandum of understanding in Moscow in March with the project office of UTLC ahead of the official incorporation of UTLC.
"We need services that are frequent, fast and reliable in terms of both delivery times and pricing to develop rail forwarding on the China-Europe route with UTLC providing rail services in Russia, Belarus and Kazakhstan," said DHL.
DHL will provide third party logistics and door-to-door delivery in a "one-stop, one price service" in regular rail forwarding services between China and Europe of a container delivery time of three weeks door-to-door.
Said UTLC chief executive Zhanar Rymzhanova: "UTLC will be responsible for operating station-to-station rail service, including procurement of the rolling stock, and all related services on the route as well as pricing."
DHL Global Forwarding offers daily service from Shanghai, Tianjin or Qingdao and running along the trans-Siberian north corridor to Europe - with a slightly longer transit time compared to the west corridor, and a weekly China-Europe rail service using the Chengdu Express, the fastest between China and Europe.
The block train starts in Chengdu and runs along China's West corridor to DHL's intermodal hub in Malaszewicze and Lodz in Poland.
In January, DHL Global Forwarding introduced the first temperature-controlled China-Europe rail service. Powered by a diesel-electric engine, DHL containers allow internal temperatures to be controlled, tracked and remotely modified.
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Logistics firm DHL has signed a new agreement to provide rail freight services between China and Europe via a strategic partnership with United Transport and Logistics Company, a joint venture between OJSC Russian Railways, JSC National Company Kazakhstan Temir Zholy and state-owned Belarusian Railway.
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Lithuania to extend “Mongolian Vector” container block train route to its territory - Lithuania
07.04.2014 15:30
Section: Infrastructure
New possibilities of project “Mongolian Vector” development were discussed at the meeting, held with Mongolian delegation at the Ministry of Transport and Communications of the Republic of Lithuania. Lithuania suggests extending the route of container train “Mongolian Vecor” from Ulaanbaatar – Moscow – Brest to Klaipeda’s Seaport.
“I believe that the Lithuanian aim to connect the route of Mongolian Vector to the line of our project Viking will be successfully implemented” – said Deputy Minister of Transport and Communications Arijandas Šliupas.
Mongolian Minister of Road and Transportation Amarjargal Gansukh is expected to come to Vilnius on 3rd June 2014. On that occasion, a Memorandum of Understanding on Bilateral Cooperation in the Field of Transport between Lithuania and Mongolia is expected to be signed.
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Beijing, April 8 (IANS) The first regular cargo train linking southwest China's Chongqing Municipality and Duisburg in Germany departed Tuesday morning, marking the latest step in the two countries' building of a Silk Route economic belt.
The rail link begins in Chongqing, crosses the border into Kazakhstan through Alashankou border in Xinjiang Uyghur Autonomous Region, and passes through Russia, Belarus and Poland before reaching its terminus in Duisburg at the heart of Europe, Xinhua reported.
The cargo train takes about two weeks to reach its last destination in Germany, and costs 80 percent less than air transportation.
China and Germany are at opposite ends of the ancient Silk Route linking east Asia and Europe through central Asia.
This rail link will serve as engines for economic growth.
The two countries, linked by the Chongqing-Xinjiang-Europe international railway, should strengthen cooperation in building the Silk Route economic belt, Chinese President Xi Jinping, who visited the port of Duisburg last month, said.
Duisburg is world's biggest inland harbour and a European transport and logistics hub.
At least 114 trains are expected to exchange diversified products between the two countries within this year.
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Russian Railways Logistics to transport coal through port of Rajin in North Korea to Asia-Pacific - Russia
08.04.2014 16:20
Section: Logistics
Russian Railways Logistics started providing a new service aimed at reducing the load from the ports of the Russian Far East and attracting additional freight to Trans-Siberian corridor. The company started providing a full range of services for coal transportation through the port of Rajin of North Korea to the countries of Asia-Pacific.
Initial shipments of the Kuzbass coal from the stations of the Western-Siberian railway towards the port of Rajin were held at the end of March, 2014. Russian Railways Logistics has organized two shipments from the Kuzbass coal mines in the total amount of 130 wagons and total volume of 8 840 tons. Russian Railways Logistics provided a full range of services including wagon providing, coal transportation, cargo handling in the port of Rajin and shipping based on CIF to the ports of China Shanghai, Lyanyungan, Guangzhou. The above-mentioned services were provided in cooperation with RasonKonTrans, which is a joint venture of Russian Railways Holding and the Ministry of Railways of the Democratic People’s Republic of Korea.
Ice-free seaport of Rajin has a favorable geographical location: cargo arriving here from Europe and Russia through the Trans-Siberian rail corridor may be forwarded by the sea to the countries of Asia.
According to analysts the volume of the coal to be transported to the Asia-Pacific will increase by 2.5 times to 2030. Launching the new route by RZD Holding will increase export of mining and metals companies of Russia as the cargo volume is much higher than the current processing capacity of the ports of the Russian Far East.
Due to shortage of oil and gas resources coal remains an important energy source in China. The main importers of coal and target customers for the North Korea transit are the country’s Southern and Southeast coastal provinces.
According to Pavel Sokolov, RZD Logistics CEO, rapid economic growth of these regions initiated the growing electricity demand, which led to the growing demand for coal in the market, the main power generation source. The cost of imported coal for China is lower than cost in the domestic market. Launching new coal supply route from Russia will attract the customers in the South and the Southeast regions of China. A series of talks with Chinese companies have already been carried out.
The new service allows customers from the Asia-Pacific to receive coal, coke, iron ore at prices comparable to the prices of delivery through the ports of the Russian Far East and will attract additional traffic volumes to the Russian railways.
The port of Rajin Port is located in the Northern part of North Korea, 56 km from the Russian border. It is an ice-free port with a deep-water approach. Deep water area of ​​the port is 11.5 m and provides reception of ships with a deadweight up to 40 thousand tons, terminal frontage lengths amounts to 480 m. Port capacity allows handling up to 4 mn tons of cargo per year. Total storage capacity is 200 thousand tons at a time. Daily loading rate amounts to 14 tons depending on the vessel deadweight.
Reconstruction of the railway route part from Hasan to Rajin and port terminal opening has been carried out since 2008, when Russian Railways and the Ministry of Railways of the Democratic People’s Republic of Korea signed a cooperation agreement. In 2009 Russian Railways and the Ministry of Railways of the Democratic People’s Republic of Korea launched joint venture RasonKonTrans.
Implementation of Hasan-Rajin project opened new prospects for multilateral international cooperation important both for Asia-Pacific region and Russia.
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The CEO of RZD would do well in Australia running railways here. He would do a much better job.
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First of China-Germany cargo trains started its journey
09 April 2014 Beijing



The first regular cargo train linking southwest China's Chongqing Municipality and Duisburg in Germany departed on Tuesday morning, marking the latest step in the two countries' building of a Silk Route economic belt.
The rail link begins in Chongqing, crosses the border into Kazakhstan through Alashankou border in Xinjiang Uyghur Autonomous Region, and passes through Russia, Belarus and Poland before reaching its terminus in Duisburg at the heart of Europe.
The cargo train takes about two weeks to reach its last destination in Germany, and costs 80% less than air transportation.
China and Germany are at opposite ends of the ancient Silk Route linking east Asia and Europe through central Asia.
This rail link will serve as engines for economic growth.
The two countries, linked by the Chongqing-Xinjiang-Europe international railway, should strengthen cooperation in building the Silk Route economic belt, Chinese President Xi Jinping, who visited the port of Duisburg last month, said.
Duisburg is world's biggest inland harbour and a European transport and logistics hub.
At least 114 trains are expected to exchange diversified products between the two countries within this year.
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First of China-Germany cargo trains departs - China
09.04.2014 17:30
Section: International cooperation
The first regular cargo train linking southwest China’s Chongqing Municipality and Duisburg in Germany departed Tuesday morning, marking the latest step in the two countries’ building of a Silk Route economic belt.
The rail link begins in Chongqing, crosses the border into Kazakhstan through Alashankou border in Xinjiang Uyghur Autonomous Region, and passes through Russia, Belarus and Poland before reaching its terminus in Duisburg at the heart of Europe, Xinhua reported.
The cargo train takes about two weeks to reach its last destination in Germany, and costs 80 percent less than air transportation.
China and Germany are at opposite ends of the ancient Silk Route linking east Asia and Europe through central Asia.
This rail link will serve as engines for economic growth.
The two countries, linked by the Chongqing-Xinjiang-Europe international railway, should strengthen cooperation in building the Silk Route economic belt, Chinese President Xi Jinping, who visited the port of Duisburg last month, said.
Duisburg is world’s biggest inland harbour and a European transport and logistics hub.
At least 114 trains are expected to exchange diversified products between the two countries within this year.
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Two trains minimum per week. This new link is it now SG all the way to Germany from China ?
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Two trains minimum per week. This new link is it now SG all the way to Germany from China ?
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No still broad guage in the CIS countries. As yet I have not been able to find any statement on how the trains cross the borders ie bogie change or transhipment. However if traffic builds up then hopefully they will pirchase wagons with gauge changing bogies.
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Belarusian Railways to develop cooperation with China in container shipping - Belorus
11.04.2014 12:30
Section: International cooperation
Belarusian Railways plan to cooperate with China in container shipping, head of the shipping service of the Belarusian Railways Ivan Voitekhovich declared.
In May 2013 the Electronic Train project was launched in cooperation with the Coordinating Council on Transsiberian Transportation to demonstrate Chinese freighters the advantages of regular container train shipping. The train plies between Chengdu (China) and Lodz (Poland). In August a new container train was launched from China to Germany (Zhengzhou-Hamburg). “In March 2014 two additional experimental container trains were launched from China. The latter showed great results: 13 hours from the border with Russia to the border with Poland taking into account all border and customs operations,” Ivan Voitekhovich said.
The head of the shipping service stressed that the issues related to the containerization of international freight traffic, organization and its further development receive special attention in the activity of the Belarusian Railways. Today 18 container trains make a regular use of the Belarusian railway. The Baltic Wind container train started plying between Lithuania and Kazakhstan in September 2013. The Mercury train resumed its operation from Lithuania to Russia. The Turkish association of logistics firms BALO joined as an operator of the Viking train.
“The Belarusian railway has a huge potential for container shipping development,” Ivan Voitekhovich added.
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The Asia-Europe market is set to benefit from an increase of services on one of the world’s longest railway routes that links the largest global inland port in western Germany to one of the major industrial cities in China, being compared to a modern-day “Silk Road”.

The Port of Duisburg in Germany is linked with Chongqing in China by the Chongqing-Xinjiang-Europe international railway. China has proposed developing an economic route along the Silk Road which connects the two key markets of Asia and Europe, and a Maritime Silk Road via the Indian Ocean, to improve supply chains. The Silk Road revival comes from the ancient trade and cultural routes between China and Central and South Asia, Europe and the Middle East.

Chongqing is the hub for production sites of IT companies such as Apple, Hewlett-Packard and Acer and car-parts factories, and is connected to Duisburg, the transport and logistics hub of Europe, by the 11,000km railway route. China is Germany’s third-largest trade partner, proving the importance of the route in boosting economic growth for both.

The service between Chongqing and Duisburg has already increased from one train per week to three, and the aim is to have a daily service. China’s President Xi Jinping met a cargo train in Duisburg in late March which was carrying electronics from Chongqing. The rail route takes just 16 days despite the vast distance.

President Xi Jinping said: “China and Germany, at the opposite ends of the belt, are two major economies that serve as the driving engines for economic growth respectively in Asia and Europe”.

Freight trains are faster than transporting cargo by sea, and cheaper than by air. The Chongqing-Duisburg route is 20 days faster than by sea, and climate conditions are less damaging for electronics shipped by train.

At the moment trade is from China to Germany, with as many as 50 40-foot full containers arriving in Duisburg, and travelling back to China empty, but this economic belt could produce export opportunities for Germany. For example, car producers could transport quality German-made parts to the assembly plants in China.

The trains are operated by Trans Eurasia Logistics, a joint venture between Deutsche Bahn and Russian Railways.
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WUHAN, April 23 (Xinhua) -- A freight train on Wednesday began a journey from central China's key city of Wuhan to Poland's Lodz, restarting the Wuhan-Xijiang-Europe rail route after it was suspended for technical reasons.
Its 15-day journey will pass along the Silk Road economic belt through major cities in central and northwest China, Kazakhstan, Russia and Belarus before arriving in the destination.
The rail trip is about one month quicker than the maritime alternative, and costs a fifth as much as air freight, according to the Wuhan Transport Committee.
"It will greatly improve the competitiveness of exports made in Wuhan and nearby regions," said Yu Shiping, director of the committee.
He predicted that it will contribute to the realization of the Silk Road economic belt, the regional trade infrastructure proposed by Chinese President Xi Jinping.
The train is loaded with 41 40-foot containers holding goods valued at more than 12 million U.S. dollars.
Most of them are products made by Hon Hai/Foxconn, the world's largest electronics contract manufacturer, which assembles products for Apple, Sony and Nokia in its plant in Wuhan, capital of Hubei Province.
Although railway transport is costly compared to maritime transport, it is a superior option bearing in mind how wildly electronic products prices fluctuate. They are more sensitive to the time-cost in transportation, according to the Foxconn plant in Wuhan.
In a month, the export value of one consignment of electronic products might devalue by about two percent, about several tens of thousands of dollars.
"The rail channel serves as a new logistic channel for Foxconn and other export-oriented enterprises. It also enhances the attractiveness of Wuhan to international companies and logistics giants," said Yu.
Wuhan is the largest city in central China and among the top 10 megacities nationwide. It has long been an economic, industrial and transportation hub for both the region and the country.
Wuhan and Hubei Province have both witnessed surging trade with Central Asian and European countries.
It will be much easier to bring in from Europe high-value-added products such as the mechanical and electronic equipment, entire vehicles and parts, as well as medical facilities, said Yu.
The Wuhan-Xijiang-Europe railway opened in October 2012, but it was later suspended due to problems with customs clearance and costs.
In Oct. 2013, Wuhan set up a railway port with customs clearance functions.
"The complicated clearance procedures were finally resolved. Export enterprises can declare their goods in the railway port. It greatly reduces their logistics costs and risks," said Xia Huanyun, deputy director with the Wuhan Transport Committee.
As the starting point of the rail route, Wuhan has the irreplaceable advantages of being a shipping center on the middle reaches of the Yangtze River, one of the country's four railway terminals and a regional aviation hub.
"The international railway is expected to promote the industrial upgrade and strengthen the regional division of labor, as well as boost economic exchange along the way," said Song Ze, researcher with the Finance and Trade Economy Institute of the Chinese Academy of Social Sciences.
More wisdom and cooperation is called for to create a unified market and strengthen the economic and trade links alongside the operation of the new international railway, said Song.
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China relaunches rail line with Europe
24 April 2014 Beijing



A freight train Wednesday began its journey from central China's Wuhan city to Poland's Lodz, restarting the Wuhan-Xijiang-Europe rail route after it was suspended for technical reasons.
Its 15-day journey will pass along the Silk Road economic belt through major cities in central and northwest China, Kazakhstan, Russia and Belarus before arriving at the destination.
The rail trip is about one month quicker than the maritime alternative, and costs a fifth as much as air freight, according to the Wuhan Transport Committee.
Yu Shiping, director of the committee said that "It will greatly improve the competitiveness of exports made in Wuhan and nearby regions.”
He predicted that it will contribute to the realisation of the Silk Road economic belt, the regional trade infrastructure proposed by Chinese President Xi Jinping.
Most of them are products made by Hon Hai/Foxconn, the world's largest electronics contract manufacturer, which assembles products for Apple, Sony and Nokia in its plant in Wuhan, capital of Hubei province.
The Wuhan-Xijiang-Europe railway opened in October 2012, but it was later suspended due to problems with customs clearance and costs.
In October 2013, Wuhan set up a railway port with customs clearance functions.
"The complicated clearance procedures were finally resolved. Export enterprises can declare their goods in the railway port. It greatly reduces their logistics costs and risks," said Xia Huanyun, deputy director of the Wuhan Transport Committee.
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CHENGDU, April 27 (Xinhua) -- A cargo train connection between Chengdu, capital of southwest China's Sichuan Province, and Lodz in Poland has become a welcomed logistic route for China's trade with Europe after one year in operation.
Figures released by Chengdu Customs on Sunday showed that 3,704 standard containers of goods weighing 8,292.6 tonnes have been sent from China to Europe since it was opened in April last year.
The train covers the 10,000-kilometer route in less than 14 days, compared to up to 45 days by sea.
The customs office said that the service mainly boosts exports of electronic devices such as laptops, palm computers and dark disk drivers to Europe.
The country's port administration authority this month approved the Chengdu railway site to be a temporary port for foreign trade, which paves the way for imports of European goods via the Chengdu-Lodz train service.
The customs office is applying for authorization so finished automobiles and meat products can be imported from Europe. Currently such imports are handled by seaports in east China.
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DHL Global Forwarding and OTLK launch weekly container trains from China to Europe - EU
30.04.2014 12:49
Section: Railway transport
The first two container trains on the route Jiangsu (China) – Zabaikalsk – Brest – Warsaw, organized in the framework of the MoU between DHL Global Forwarding and Project Office Integrated Transport And Logistics Company LLC (OTLK), started running on the 21st of April.
“Belintertrans-transport-logistics center” of the Belarusian Railway (state enterprise “BTLС”) is the operator on the territory of Belarus.
Russian Railways, Kazakhstan Temir Joly (Kazakhstan Railways) and Belarusian Railways, as represented by Project Office Integrated Transport And Logistics Company LLC, and DHL Global Forwarding, signed the MoU in March 2014.
According to the document, the parties agreed to become strategic partners in order to develop jointly railway routes between China – Europe – China and provide door-to-door container shipping services.
Project Office Integrated Transport And Logistics Company (ITLC) will provide one-stop-shop services. As part of joint operations, the company will be responsible for providing station-to-station railway links, including the provision of rolling stock, transit customs clearance for freight and other related services on the route.
For its part, DHL, is responsible for providing comprehensive services and the formation of the cargo base in both China and in Europe.
After receiving approval from the governments of the Russian Federation, Kazakhstan and Belarus to establish the Integrated Transport And Logistics Company, all rights and obligations under the agreement will pass from the Project Office to ITLC.
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Chengdu-Europe Railway container traffic surpasses 3,700 TEU since April 2013
09 May 2014 China



The Chengdu-Europe freight railway service running from Chengdu to Poland has launched 45 runs since it commenced operation in April 27 last year, carrying a total of 3,704 Twenty Foot Equivalent Unit (TEU), weighing 82.92 million tonnes (mt).
This means that the Chengdu-Europe Railway has become one of the major transport route for Sino-European trade from central and western China to Europe and help the region shake off the dependence on sea ports.
An official from the Chengdu customs said the freight the service carried added up to USD 156 million as of April 27 this year.
The direct linkage and lower cost have attracted cargo from China's 10 special surveillance zones such as Chengdu, Shanghai Pudong International Airport, Suzhou Industrial Park, Wuxi High-tech Comprehensive Bonded Zone, Shanghai Qingpu and Jiangsu Wujiang Export Processing Zone, which contributed 51% of the total cargo volume to the service.
Cargo from areas under special customs supervision are mostly high value added goods such as laptops, PDA and hard disk drives.
Chengdu customs said now more products are able to enjoy the efficient, safe, convenient and cost-saving railway service after a series of supportive measures introduced.

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