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Gefco's new train route ties Chinese ports to CEE - EU
15.05.2014 12:48
Section: Logistics
Gefco Group, the international arm of Russian Railways specializing in automotive and industrial goods logistics, is launching a new door-to-door route between China and Europe, aiming to expand into more industries.
The new service allows overland cargo and ocean freight collected at China's major ports to be delivered via Alataw Pass or Manzhouli, in China's Xinjiang Uygur and Inner Mongolia autonomous regions, to such countries as Russia, Ukraine, Belarus, Poland, Germany and Hungary.
Christophe Poitrineau, Gefco's Asia president, said that since rail service tends to be more expensive than sea freight, the company is working on solutions for better backflow transportation, so costs can be lowered.
"Now, it is often a one-way operation from China to Europe, and when the train returns, it is often empty. There is work to be done on both sides - the work of unifying one custom system along the Eurasian line," Poitrineau said.
Although there are regular block trains from Chongqing, Chengdu, Zhengzhou and Yiwu to both Europe and Central Asia, most haven't been able to operate bidirectional service yet.
As trade accelerates, Poitrineau said more products from Europe will be transported to China using rail routes in coming years.
"The cooperation between the Russian and Chinese governments in terms of unifying railway transportation will benefit us a lot. Our team in Russia is developing another trans-border block train," he said.
Gefco is reviewing policies of the China (Shanghai) Pilot Free Trade Zone and may invest there to build warehouse facilities, which would be beneficial to its duty management.
But automotive logistics is still Gefco's key market in China, as Chinese carmakers plan to export more vehicles over the next several years.
Since China became a revenue powerhouse for global automakers, an increasing number of overseas car companies have set up joint ventures in China. They have synchronized the launch of new models in China with those in the US and Europe, as well as shipping them to China's neighboring countries to further expand their export channels.
China's auto production and sales set a world record for a fifth consecutive year in 2013, data from the Beijing-based China Association of Automobile Manufacturers show.
Eager to enhance its earning ability, Gefco has established two joint ventures that serve Dongfeng Peugeot-Citroen Automobile Co Ltd and Changan PSA Automobiles Co Ltd.
It opened a new branch in Chengdu in 2013, where Volvo Car Group built a manufacturing plant and where DPCA plans to open a factory.
Hou Hanping, professor of logistics management at Beijing Jiaotong University, said foreign carmakers commonly spend a lot of money and resources to optimize their supply chain.
Headquartered in Courbevoie, France, Gefco's global revenue hit 4 billion euros ($5.5 billion) in 2013, and revenue from its China operation totaled 100 million euros the same year.
Gefco will set up new branches in Ningbo and Dalian in 2014 to enhance its ocean transport capabilities. It also sees possibilities in establishing branches in Kunming and Urumqi.
"We are building our own capabilities in China, extending our own networks and working on our own export solutions both at sea and on land port. Additional connectivity between China and India, China and Thailand, Vietnam and Indonesia also is on our radar over the next three years," Poitrineau said.
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Gefco new door to door train route links China ports to Europe
16 May 2014 Europe



Gefco Group is launching a new door-to-door route between China and Europe, aiming to expand into more industries.
The new service allows overland cargo and ocean freight collected at China's major ports to be delivered via Alataw Pass or Manzhouli, in China's Xinjiang Uygur and Inner Mongolia autonomous regions, to such countries as Russia, Ukraine, Belarus, Poland, Germany and Hungary, reported China Daily.
Since rail service tends to be more expensive than sea freight, the company is working on solutions for better backflow transportation, so costs can be lowered, Christophe Poitrineau, Gefco's Asia president, said.
Poitrineau said, "Now, it is often a one-way operation from China to Europe, and when the train returns, it is often empty. There is work to be done on both sides – the work of unifying one custom system along the Eurasian line.”
Although there are regular block trains from Chongqing, Chengdu, Zhengzhou and Yiwu to both Europe and Central Asia, most haven't been able to operate bidirectional service yet.
He said that "The cooperation between the Russian and Chinese governments in terms of unifying railway transportation will benefit us a lot. Our team in Russia is developing another trans-border block train.”
Gefco is reviewing policies of the China (Shanghai) Pilot Free Trade Zone and may invest there to build warehouse facilities, which would be beneficial to its duty management.
Since China became a revenue powerhouse for global automakers, an increasing number of overseas car companies have set up joint ventures in China. They have synchronized the launch of new models in China with those in the US and Europe, as well as shipping them to China's neighboring countries to further expand their export channels.
China's auto production and sales set a world record for a fifth consecutive year in 2013, data from the Beijing-based China Association of Automobile Manufacturers show.
Eager to enhance its earning ability, Gefco has established two joint ventures that serve Dongfeng Peugeot-Citroen Automobile and Changan PSA Automobiles.
It opened a new branch in Chengdu in 2013, where Volvo Car Group built a manufacturing plant and where DPCA plans to open a factory.
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Gefco to start China- Europe rail freight service
23 May 2014 China



Gefco has launched an inter-continental ’door-to-door ’rail freight service linking China and Europe.
Operating on a non-scheduled basis at present, it offers the possibility for ocean freight collected from major ports in China and overland cargo to be loaded directly on to trains and shipped to countries such as Kazakhstan, the Kyrgyz Republic, Tajikistan, Uzbekistan, Turkmenistan, Russia, Ukraine, Belarus, Poland, Germany and Hungary via Alashankou and Manzhouli in Chinese-controlled areas of Mongolia.
Gefco China’s managing director, Andrea Ambrogio said that “More and more Chinese companies are looking at opportunities in overseas markets and one of our key strategies in China is to support our local clients for their global expansion.”
Gefco emphasises that consumers can take advantage of lead-time savings of over 50% compared to ocean freight. In general, it takes 18-28 days from China to Europe by rail, compared to 45-60 days by sea.
Gefco, which became part of the Russian Railways group (RZD) in 2012, backs up the new trans-border rail route with a “reliable, efficient and seamless Customs service across Russia” based on the company’s “outstanding” Customs and VAT expertise.
It used to take 60 days for one of the company’s clients - a leading Chinese automotive manufacturer - to transport spare parts from the nort-east Chinese city of Harbin to Cherkessk, in Russia, by ocean, “while it only needs 23 days in total by using our rail transportation solution,” Gefco China’s overseas business development director, Michael Zhang, said.
Zhang said that Gefco also supports one international consumer goods company to transport cargo from the Chinese port of Dalian to Hamburg via Manzhouli “in only 26 days.”
In order to reduce the gap between rates on the rail freight service and those for ocean shipping, Gefco is working on solutions to develop backflow traffic from Europe to China as currently trains often return empty.
However, the company believes that, as trade gathers momentum, more products from Europe, especially high value goods such as automobiles and electronics, will be exported to China by rail in the coming years.
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The share of rail transit from China to EU via the Common Economic Space will experience a tenfold increase - EU
26.05.2014 11:54
Section: International cooperation
The share of rail transit from China to EU via the Common Economic Space (CES) will experience a tenfold increase with the establishing of the integrated transport and logistic company of Belarus, Kazakhstan and Russia, stated Danial Akhmetov, Minister of Energy and Infrastructure of Eurasian Economic Commission, during the IX International Conference “TransEurasia 2014″, organized by the Ministry of Transport and Communications of the Republic of Kazakhstan.

According to Akhmetov, one of the result will be a more efficient supply chain. He also noted that revenues from the infrastructure accesses charges could reach over USD 1.5 billion. In addition, 43 thousand new jobs will be created.
The event undertakes a review and analysis of geopolitical trends of Eurasian region, in particular, the prospects for the development of national transport networks and their harmonious integration into the international transport system, developing effective transcontinental corridors and discuss other issues as well.
United Transport and Logistics Company (UTLC) is expected to be established this year and it represents the largest integration project in the Common Economic Space.
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Gefco to start China-Europe rail freight service, hopes for high value backhaul
30 May 2014 China



GEFCO, the French logistics specialist has started a door-to-door rail freight service linking China and Europe.
To reduce higher rail cost vis-a-vis ocean shipping, Gefco is working on developing backhaul from Europe to China as trains often return empty today.
Gefco said that the company believes that, as trade gathers momentum, high value goods such as automobiles and electronics, will be exported to China by rail in years to come.
Ocean freight from Chinese posts can be shipped Kazakhstan, the Kyrgyz Republic, Tajikistan, Uzbekistan, Turkmenistan, Russia, Ukraine, Belarus, Poland, Germany and Hungary via Alashankou and Manzhouli.
"More and more Chinese companies are looking at overseas markets and one of our strategies is to support local clients for global expansion," says Gefco China managing director Andrea Ambrogio.
Gefco emphasises that customers can take advantage of lead-time savings of over 50% compared to ocean freight. It takes 18-28 days from China to Europe by rail against 45-60 days by sea.
Gefco, part of Russian Railways (RZD) since 2012, also says it provides "reliable, efficient and seamless customs service across Russia" based on the company's "outstanding" customs and VAT expertise.
It once took 60 days for a leading Chinese auto maker to move spare parts from Harbin to Cherkessk in Russia by sea while it takes 23 days by rail, Gefco China development director Michael Zhang said.
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The transit project "New Silk Way" will promote cooperation between Europe and China - EU
06.06.2014 16:59
Section: International cooperation
The transit project "New Silk Way" will promote cooperation between Europe and China, said the deputy minister of transport of the People's Republic of China Weng Mengyong at conference in Riga.
He added that in addition to bilateral agreements between countries involved in multimodal transportations, standardizations of documents and customs legislations should be done to increase the volume of trade between Europe and China. "It is necessary to update transport infrastructure – to study and develop water and overland routes, to continue development of Asian highways and a railway system", – V. Mengyong said.
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GEFCO launches a new rail transport service linking Asia and Europe - EU
09.06.2014 15:35
Section: Railway transport
GEFCO China is developing its multimodal offer and establishing a new door-to-door rail transport service between Asia and Europe. This solution will allow the company to use the vast Chinese national rail network to transport goods to more than ten countries in Asia and Europe, including Kazakhstan, Russia, Belorussia, Uzbekistan, Germany and Hungary, informed BC Dita Bukovska.
"More and more Chinese companies are looking to conquer foreign markets and GEFCO's priority in China is to assist its local customers in their international development" stresses Andrea Ambrogio, Managing Director of GEFCO China. "This new multimodal service is perfectly in line with this approach and will energise cross-border exchanges between China, Russia, Central Asia and Europe."
GEFCO Italy has been attributed the Authorised Economic Operator (AEO) status in its most complete form, that is, the AEOF certification "Customs Simplification" / "Security and Safety". This status, valid indefinitely throughout the entire European Union, testifies to GEFCO's financial solvency and reliability in several sectors, such as customs engineering, the transparency of procedures, compliance to staff safety standards and the protection of IT systems.
"We are proud to have obtained this status, a true guarantee of quality and reliability which reinforces the extent of our range of services. It is a question of recognition which allows us to offer our customers a number of advantages on a European scale, such as priority access to customs declarations and the reduction of customs clearance periods," states Stefano Grassi, GEFCO Italy Legal and Customs Services Manager.
At present, 8 GEFCO subsidiaries hold full Authorised Economic Operator status (Spain, France, Italy, Poland, the Czech Republic, Romania, the United Kingdom, Slovakia), 3 subsidiaries have AEO status for customs simplifications (Germany, Belgium, Slovenia) and 2 subsidiaries are AEO certified in safety and security (Portugal, Hungary). The GEFCO Group aims to eventually have all of its subsidiaries AEO certified.
GEFCO Spain has signed a two-year contract with the Panstar Group, Spanish leader in the production and distribution of frozen bread dough and breakfast pastries. As part of the contract, GEFCO Spain will ensure the cold-storage transport from Panstar’s production sites located in Valencia and Girona to numerous retail outlets across Spain. In total, 30,000 tonnes of products will be transported over the two-year period.
“Given the nature of our products, we needed a viable and flexible provider. GEFCO was able to adapt to our needs and offer us a tailored service. Furthermore GEFCO has the calibre of an international group, which will be able to accompany us in our development”, underlines Fernando Sebastia, Director of Transport and Planning at the Panstar Group.
GEFCO France handled the transport of a Bugatti Veyron for the Emir of Qatar, an operation managed by its Roissy depot. Valued at 1.8 million euros, it is the fastest convertible in the world. GEFCO France also provided a dedicated assistance service with the supervision of the vehicle's stowage up to its handover to the airline company.
"We established a customised logistics service for the Emir of Qatar. Once again, GEFCO was able to illustrate its historic know-how in special transports, a domain with stringent requirements," explains Olivier Vaillant, Manager of the GEFCO Special Transports activity.
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DB orders SyltShuttle TRAXX locomotives - Germany
09.06.2014 13:29
Section: Railway machine building
Deutsche Bahn (DB) has exercised an option with Bombardier for seven multi-engine TRAXX locomotives.

The diesel locomotives will operate the SyltShuttle service from Niebüll across the Hindenburgdamm to Sylt.
By the end of 2015, the first two locomotives will be in service. The €27 million order is an extension of a framework contract drawn up in 2011.
The new vehicles will replace the 218 locomotives which currently operate the shuttle service.
The TRAXX locomotives have four diesel engines, each with a performance of 563 kW. If the train is empty or running downhill then one or more of the engines can be switched off, saving fuel and reducing run time.
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Suzhou-Manzhouli-Europe rail export cargo value hits US$28.8 million


 13.06.2014  


The Suzhou-Manzhouli-European railway freight service recorded an export cargo value of CNY180 million (US$28.8 million) with eight trainloads of exports, reports Xinhua.
The ninth freight train recently pulled out of Suzhou city in eastern Jiangsu province and arrived at Manzhouli rail customs checkpoint after 70 hours.
The 11,200-kilometre Suzhou-Manzhouli-Europe international container railway line, which opened last September, is expected to boost China's trade with Eurasia.
Known as the New Silk Road, the train line starts off from Suzhou West Railway Station, runs through the Manzhouli port in Northern China's Inner Mongolia Autonomous Region and ends at Poland. The whole trip takes 13 days, saving nearly a month's time compared to ocean shipping
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Lithuanian Railways and Lithuania Post join forces to increase share in Europe-China freight market - Lithuania
16.06.2014 17:39
Section: Railway transport
Lithuanian Railways (Lietuvos Gelezinkeliai) and Lithuania Post (Lietuvos Pastas) signed a collaboration agreement aimed at increasing share in the Europe – China freight market.
“We hope that in the future goods between China and Lithuania will be transported by railway. Lithuania Post, part of the logistics chain, will act as a distribution centre in Lithuania. In this way, the competence of both companies and Lithuania’s transportation infrastructure will be used to the best effect”, stated the General Director of Lithuanian Railways, Stasys Dailydka.
Lithuanian Railways set up a representative office in China. By signing the cooperation agreement, Lithuania Post has access to the representative office, its resources and database to attract new partners.
Most goods arrive to Europe from China by sea. Lithuanian Railways aim to attract part of the cargo to railways. The company signed four agency agreements ensuring secure and quality transportation of goods between Lithuania and China.
Lithuanian Railways is also interested in identifying possible cooperation points with Chinese companies such as Cosco, Sinotrans, China Railway International Multimodal Transport, Beijing Railway Land Bridge International Transportation, Bell Huawei Technology, CITIC Construction, Bondex, Genertec etc.
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The first “New Silk Road” Yuxinou railway return train from Poland to China departed - China
18.06.2014 11:00
Section: Logistics
The first “New Silk Road” Yuxinou railway return train from Poland to China kicked off last Thursday, the Chongqing government said. The train transports electronic products, auto parts and steel products to Chongqing.

Starting in Chongqing, the 11,178 km Chongqing-Xinjiang-Europe International Railway passes through Xi’an, Lanzhou, Urumqi , Russia, Belarus and Poland, finally ending in Duisburg, Germany. It takes just 16 days on average to transport goods from China to Europe by rail, much less than via the sea.
“Yuxinou railway is one of the most important cooperation projects to us, especially as the railway will bring great opportunities to our trade with China,” stated Jacek Zuber, chief of the Department of International Cooperation Ministry of Infrastructure and Development of Poland.
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Integrated Transport & Logistics Company and DHL strengthen cooperation on China-Europe rail route - Russia
20.06.2014 15:01
Section: International cooperation
On 19 June 2014, the Project Office of the Integrated Transport & Logistics Company and DHL Global Forwarding signed two additional agreements to their Memorandum of Understanding in Sochi.
The amendments are designed to accelerate the development of rail routes between China - Europe - China.
The development of a strategic partnership between the Integrated Transport & Logistics Company and DHL Global Forwarding will help to create a unique offer on the market for railway transport and logistics services between China - Europe - China and increase the attractiveness of the route, as well as other proposals relating to it.
According to the Memorandum of Understanding signed by both parties in March 2014, the project office of the Integrated Transport & Logistics Company and DHL Global Forwarding agreed to develop a strategic partnership and to cooperate in the field of transport and freight forwarding services by rail between China - Europe - China and carry out container delivery door-to-door.
After creating the Integrated Transport & Logistics Company, all rights and obligations under the agreement will be transferred from the project office to the new company.
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1st freight train from Hefei to Central Asia departs
30 June 2014 Asia



The first international freight train loaded with household appliances and electronic products left Hefei North Railway Station, a logistics base, for Kazakhstan, Tajikistan and other countries in Central Asia thorough Alataw Port of Xingjiang yesterday.
It's learned that Shanghai Railway Administration and Hefei Municipal Government work together to build Hefei international railway freight corridor of New Eurasian Land Bridge and participate in the construction of the New Silk Road Economic Belt.
The train is scheduled to run once a month now. It will be improved to two times by the end of the year and three times or once a week next year. Besides, the city plans to send freight trains to Russia and Western European countries in the future to shorten the transport time.
With the launch of the international freight train from Hefei to Central Asia, Hefei Municipal Government and Shanghai Railway Administration shall endeavor to build Hefei North Railway Station into an important internal logistics base and one of the freight transport centers of the New Eurasian Land Bridge.
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UPS to launch new rail service to China-Europe offering
02 July 2014 China



UPS has added a full container load (FCL) rail solution to its China-to-Europe transportation line-up.
The move is the latest in a series of expansions of UPS’s worldwide forwarding services designed to offer customers more choices for shipping.
Jeff McCorstin, president for global freight forwarding, UPS Asia Pacific said that “Our customers are looking to UPS for solutions that help them better manage their inventory and reach new markets while balancing the costs of doing business.”
“We are excited to add a rail solution for our Asian customers that complement our existing ocean and air freight and package capabilities in one of the world’s largest freight lanes. Customers can now enjoy access to a broader transportation portfolio to better meet their business needs.”
The rail service is available on two distinct routes, operating from Chengdu, China, to Lodz, Poland, and from Zhengzhou, China, to Hamburg, Germany. Combining the rail movement with UPS’s existing integrated freight and truck networks, the service is up to 50% faster than ocean freight and enables cost savings of up to 70% when compared to air freight, with UPS technology providing end-to-end visibility and tracking.
The rail solution is offered to consumers on a contractual basis, and follows several enhancements in 2013 to UPS’s multimodal portfolio of services in Asia, including the expansion of UPS Preferred less-than-container Load (LCL) ocean freight service from Asia to Mexico and the introduction of UPS Worldwide Express Freight service for urgent, time-sensitive heavyweight shipments.
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GETO demands attractive land bridge for SMEs, too


 09.07.2014  


Frankfurt / Main - “The positive result of the past few months is that, in spite of numerous caesuras in the political, financial, and economic framework, a considerable degree of stability was upheld in East-West rail traffics. This shows once again that the CIS member states are rightly counted among the most promising markets for rail freight forwarders and operators” –  Hans Reinhard, President of GETO, the Association of European Trans-Siberian Operators and Forwarders, strikes this positive balance  at GETO’s  2014 general assembly in Frankfurt/Main in May.  The brisk development of container block train traffics between Europe and China, he said, also proved that looking to the East has solid perspectives for rail service providers.  Yet he criticized that there are too few efforts on the side of the railways participating in the Euro-Asian traffics to make attractive offers for open trains to be loaded with single containers or container groups from different companies.  “In trade relations with the CIS, Mongolia, and China, too, an essential part is realized by SMEs – but for them, company block trains are not an option. Those who regard Euro-Asian rail traffic as a concert of the greats only, give away huge potential for development”, the GETO President said. The railway ferries from Sassnitz on the island of Rügen, where, apart from container block trains, companies also have the option to ship single wagons, serve as exemplary models here.  Addressing the railway companies, the GETO general assembly demanded again improvements also for trains that are open and attractive to as wide a clientele as possible especially from the SME economy.  “In this demand we will not relent, especially since Russian Railways President Yakunin announced as one aim that at least one third of the international transit traffics through Russia be open also to small and medium sized enterprises”, Reinhard reminded the assembly. Yet GETO companies are prepared to do more than utter their demands: They aim at jointly developing appropriate offers, mutually benefiting from experiences. Thus, to give an example, Far East Land Bridge Co. Ltd. (FELB), one of the leading providers of container block trains from China to Europe, and InterRail Service GmbH (IRS) as the operator of the Ostwind-Westwind container block train traffic, want to launch an appropriate product with Brest as the interface.
GETO, an interest group of mainly medium sized forwarders and operators active in East-West rail traffics, has, over the last years, increased in membership and impact, which the continually growing interest in the CIS rail freight market and especially in rail-supported transports between Asia and Europe goes to prove.   “We as SMEs can add emphasis to our demands for competitive rates, greater cost transparency and lower costs, a broader implementation of through way bills, increased use of electronic data exchange to expedite container handling, and simplified customs procedures in Euro-Asian rail transports. We will intensify our joint efforts in this respect”, announced Reinhard.
Apart from the trans-Siberia transport focus, GETO has for some years already been dealing with general issues concerning East-West rail traffics to Central Asia and the Far East. GETO is a member of CCTT, the Coordinating Council on Transsiberian Transportation in Moscow that is chaired by Russian Railways AG President Vladimir Yakunin. Werner Albert, Honorary President of GETO, has been CCTT Vice Chairman since it was founded in the 1990s, and is actively involved in its development.
This year’s GETO general assembly admitted the following new members: Fiege Logistics (Switzerland) Ltd., the German GEFCO, and VTG Rail Logistics GmbH.
In the fiscal year that has just ended, a MoU on cooperation was signed with CIT (Comité International des transports ferroviaires). As a new Member of the GETO Board, Harm Sievers, Managing Director of Baltic Port Rail Mukran GmbH, was elected. “Geographically, as well as from the point of view of infrastructure, Mukran is an important interface in East-West traffic. I am glad to be able to contribute our long years of expertise to GETO”, said Harm Sievers after the election.
On the agenda of the general assembly was an analysis of the railway market in the CIS; growth stimuli and competition issues for Euro-Asian container transport via rail were discussed.  The situation on the rolling stock market was regarded as continuing to be relatively relaxed. The inhibiting effects of the policy of sanctions against Russia were seen as risks. Negative impacts on East-West rail traffic were registered, caused by the devaluation of the Russian Ruble by 20 % at the turn of the year, weak domestic economic activity, sinking Russian demand for imports, and a stronger orientation of Russia towards the Asia-Pacific region in recent times.  Yet the fact that Russia, Kazakhstan and other countries on the route from Western Europe to the Far East are interested in growing earnings from transit tariffs still supported Euro-Asian rail traffics. Thus, even in economically weaker phases, there were investments in the appropriate infrastructure. As the biggest investment planned in the Euro-Asian railway sector for the near future, the modernization of the Siberian Railway Magistral and the Baikal-Amur Magistral (BAM) with an investment volume of circa 562 billion Rubles was cited.  The assembly acknowledged as further supporting factors for the rail traffics along the Euro-Asian land bridge: the customs union of Russia, Belarus and Kazakhstan, the willingness of numerous emergent Chinese provinces to invest and thus support rail traffic with Europe, shorter transit times as well as progress concerning a more long-term oriented and more flexible tariff policy.
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Latvian business community is interested in service "Transsib in 7 days" offered by RZD JSC - Latvia
11.07.2014 15:03
Section: Logistics
"Latvian business community is interested in service "Transsib in 7 days" offered by RZD JSC," said the Member of the Board of "LDz Cargo" LLC (a subsidiary of "Latvian Railways" JSC) Mr. Kaspars Gerkhards.

Mr. Gerkhards reminded that in the 70s, two largest container terminals were constructed on the territory of the USSR: in the East port and in Riga. Trans-Siberian Railway became an important link for these ports.
The number of transit trains exceeded 400 this year, the total number reached 1600 trains with an increase by 50% to the level of 2013.
According to the representative of "LDz Cargo" LLC, container transportation Asian countries to Latvia by sea can take about two months, whereas "Transsib in 7 days" project significantly reduces the general transit time.
"Such cooperation with RZD JSC will be a competitive decision for cargo owners," — Mr. Gerkhards added.
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ZHENGZHOU, July 13 (Xinhua) -- In ancient times, the Silk Road blazed by imperial envoy Zhang Qian 2000 years ago carried caravans of Chinese silk, Indian spices and Persian brocade between the Middle Kingdom and Europe.
Today, a new land route pieced together by railways in six countries takes a matter of days to transport made-in-China products, from laptops to Airbus parts, and made-in-Europe baby formula and wines between Europe and Asia.
Starting from Zhengzhou, a logistics center and transport hub in central China's Henan Province, the 10,214-kilometer Zhengzhou-Europe International Shuttle Train crosses the border at the Alataw Pass in Xinjiang before passing through Kazakhstan, Russia, Belarus and Poland on its way to Germany's Hamburg.
The containers have to be transferred by crane first to the Russian-style broad gauge line at the Kazakhstan-China border before being transferred back to the standard gauge at the Poland-Belarus border.
NEW "SILK ROAD" PROSPERING
The 15-day journey following the Eurasian land bridge, also dubbed the "new Silk Road," offers an alternative to slower and riskier sea freight and much costlier air cargo.
The new intercontinental rail route can save about 20 days compared with maritime transport and costs 80 percent less than air shipment, according to the Zhengzhou International Inland Port Development Co. Ltd., which runs the train service with partner rail companies in each country.
The freight train normally consists of 51 containers filled with vehicle parts, cables, machinery, shoes, and clothing en route to Hamburg, some of which are discharged at Warsaw, Poland, and some that are headed to Antwerp, Belgium or Rotterdam in the Netherlands.
Zhengzhou INLEDCO Lighting Co. Ltd., which once transported its export LED lighting products by air to Europe, now uses the Zhengzhou-Europe railway. General manager Liu Qinghua told Xinhua that this helps cut the company's overall costs by half.
Demand for the rail cargo service has exploded since its maiden journey in July last year, according to the Zhengzhou International Inland Port.
From July 18 to the end of 2013, the rails carried 9,461 tonnes of cargo, valued at about 307 million yuan (about 49 million U.S. dollars), in 14 trains. In the first six months of this year, the figures more than doubled, with cargo worth 884 million yuan transported in 20 trains.
Zhao Wenming, general manager of the Zhengzhou inland port company, expects cargo volume and value to skyrocket this year, as the train has begun to operate twice a week regularly since May this year, compared to the original frequency of once weekly or less.
The growing demand has also been reflected in the train's length, which increased from the original 41 containers to the current 51.
In July, the shuttle train started to provide return service on a stable basis twice a month from Hamburg to Zhengzhou, carrying sophisticated materials, advanced machinery, baby formula, wine and even finished vehicles.
The booming business comes at a time when many manufacturing companies are moving to inland China from coastal areas, creating growing need for logistics and transportation services for the transport hub.
The train has also evolved from a regional service to a national one. According to the rail freight service operator, more than 70 percent of cargo comes from outside Henan Province, mainly the coastal Pearl River Delta, Yangtze River Delta and the Bohai River Economic Rim.
Tai'an Bowins Garment Company in coastal Shandong Province used to transport garments by road to a port in Qingdao and then ship them overseas. Company manager Zhao Xingwen told Xinhua that most of his products now go to Europe through the train in Zhengzhou, saving at least 15 days and helping avoid loss of orders due to unstable maritime transport.
Due to its secure and low-cost service, companies from neighboring countries are also jumping on the bandwagon. In April this year, the first batches of electronics made in the Republic of Korea were transported through the railway to Europe.
According to Zhao of the inland port company, companies in Japan, Hong Kong and a few Southeast Asian countries have also started using the shuttle train, and more firms are approaching the rail company for future cooperation.
China still heavily relies on sea freight in its trade with Europe. Land transport allows traders to avoid passing through the pirate-plagued Gulf of Aden and the Strait of Malacca.
Over the past three years, several mainland cities, including southwestern Chongqing and Chengdu, Wuhan in central China, and northeastern Shenyang have launched rail freight services to Europe. But the Zhengzhou service is by far the most successful and does far bigger business.
Speaking at a meeting earlier this year, Xue Yunwei, vice mayor of Zhengzhou, attributed the success of the shuttle train partly to the complete transport system in the city, which is a hub in central China for railways, airlines and highways.
The ability to provide so-called "multimodal transport service" is seen by Zhao as the key to success.
Through its partner companies specializing in highway, maritime and air transport, the inland port company picks up cargo from factories before transporting it to Zhengzhou and Europe. Zhao said they are able to use the most cost-effective means of transport at all stages.
In addition to the China Railway Corporation, the company has or will soon sign partnership agreements with DHL, COSCO, DAMCO, Schenker, UPS, China Post, and China Shipping among other leading logistics companies.
The government also plays a big role in ensuring the effective and efficient operation of the rail cargo service, which involves cross-border customs, product inspection and quarantines.
Vice Mayor Xue said the government handles all the problems so that the company can focus on how to provide the best service.
Zhengzhou municipal authorities have organized several meetings, such as one in November of last year when senior customs officials from the nine countries along the rail route gathered in the city to solve problems affecting the railway's operation.
Railway cargo between China and Europe holds enormous potential, said Guo Yuhua, vice director of the China Railway Corporation's transportation bureau.
Among the 110 million tonnes of goods exported to 13 major European countries in 2012, about 78 million were suitable for railway transportation. However, only 1.5 percent of trade volume was achieved via the railway, according to research by the CRC.
Trade volume between China and Europe is currently 566 billion U.S. dollars and is expected to reach one trillion U.S. dollars in 2020.
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SINGAPORE, Aug. 22 (Xinhua) -- The regional development gap within China is still narrowing and is expected to narrow further, an economist with Singapore's Asia Competitiveness Institute said Friday.
The regional development gap widened significantly between 1978, when China started opening up, and 2008 when it was already several years after the central government rolled out an ambitious strategy to develop its vast inland west, Tan Kong Yam, co- director of the Asia Competitive Institute, said at a seminar organized by the institute.
The institute is a unit of the Lee Kuan Yew School of Public Policy, National University of Singapore.
China unveiled the national strategy to accelerate economic growth in its inland west in 1999. The gap between the coastal east and the inland west has been narrowing since 2008, Tan said.
Based on researches by the institute, China's coastal east still leads its west and northeast in terms of economic competitiveness, though the west and northeast are a bit different in terms of their strengths.
China's west, helped by the national strategy, has turned attractive to investors in recent years as land and labor cost in the east rose over the decades. Tan said that enterprises in the west enjoyed favorable policies like tax incentives.
Nevertheless, Tan said that the regional gap is still wider than it was before China's opening up and reforms.
"China's recent strategy of facilitating a New Silk Road to seek mutual economic benefit together with its neighbors in the west is likely to help the provinces in the inland west, too," Tan said, citing the example of personal computer manufacturing facilities moving inland towards the west as railway connections allow them to send their products to Europe.
Scholars at the seminar on Friday also discussed other topics such as China's reforms and foreign affairs. Jia Qingguo, dean of the School of International Studies, Peking University, said that he is cautiously optimistic about the prospect of the relations between China and the United States as confrontation is in the interest of none of them.
"Countries in the Southeast Asia should also try to facilitate good relations between China and the United States, as it is not in their interest, either, to be forced to choose sides between the two countries," he said.
Jia said that China and the United States should also try not to let third countries influence the bilateral relations.
"They should also be sensitive enough to help each other reduce the domestic pressures on their diplomatic relations," Jia added.
  wanderer53 Sir Nigel Gresley

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CHONGQING, Sept. 1 (Xinhua) -- The first vehicles to be imported to China by rail arrived in the southwest city of Chongqing on Monday as the country's only international rail vehicle port begins operation.
Eighty imported vehicles from Germany, including brands like BMW, Benz and Volkswagen, arrived through the Chongqing-Xinjiang-Duisburg international railway, according to the municipal government's port office.
The vehicle import project was approved by the central government in July and is the first of its kind in west China.
The railway takes only 16 days from Duisburg in Germany to Chongqing, saving two thirds of time it takes to ship them, reducing the logistics costs remarkably.
The vehicles will be sold in the southwestern, eastern and southern markets.
Chongqing currently consumes about 60,000 imported vehicles every year and a third of them come from Europe, according to the office.
Most vehicle ports in operation are based in coastal regions such as Tianjin, Shanghai, Guangzhou and Dalian.
As the largest manufacturer and consumer of vehicles in the world, China imported 1.17 million vehicles in 2013. It imported 681,000 vehicles in the first half of 2014, up 29.5 percent year on year.
  wanderer53 Sir Nigel Gresley

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DB Schenker has become the latest logistics major to launch intermodal services linking Europe and China, although this time focusing on eastbound traffic.

A host of leading companies are now offering rail freight services on the route, with UPS the most recent addition. However, almost all of the new products focus on exports from Asia into eastern Europe via Russia and Kazakhstan.

By contrast, DB Schenker’s new service is from Hamburg to Zhengzhou in central China, a rapidly emerging manufacturing base for electronic goods including Foxconn production of Apple products. The first train on the service carried 41 containers loaded with industrial robots “for an international technology firm”, but DB Schenker said the “multi-customer train” service was also now available to third-party shippers.

The German rail and logistics giant is offering transit times of “around 17 days” to cover the 10,214 km distance through Poland, Belarus, Russia and Kazakhstan to China, making the service around 20 days faster than ocean freight options to the Chinese city.

The idea behind the service is to develop backhaul traffic from Europe into China – the company launched weekly block trains into Hamburg from Zhengzhou in August last year and has been offering block trains between China and Germany since 2011, mainly targeting the automotive and electronics industries.

“Our customers benefit from the experience DB Schenker has been able to accumulate over many years, for the transport of goods by rail from and to China,” said Karl-Friedrich Rausch, Management Board Member for Transportation and Logistics at DB Mobility Logistics.

“The ever-increasing goods traffic with China offers a lot of potential, and at the same time we see an increase for transports to China by rail as well.”
  wanderer53 Sir Nigel Gresley

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DB Schenker launches new China rail freight service - Germany
05.09.2014 15:37
Section: Logistics
DB Schenker has launched a new rail freight service between Hamburg and the Port Authority of Zhengzhou in China, reports press-service of the company.
A weekly service has been operating between the Chinese city and Germany since August 2013 and from this month, trains will now be travelling in the opposite direction as well.
DB Mobility Logistics board member Karl-Friedrich Rausch said regular freight services to China would allow Germany and the rest of Europe to take advantage of the increasing volume of goods making their way east.
Officials flagged off the first freight train at the DUSS Bill Werder terminal in Hamburg earlier this week.
The train will travel 10,214 kilometres in around 17 days, passing through Poland, Belarus, Russia, Kazakhstan before arriving in China.
DB Schenker has operated block-train services between Germany and China since 2011. The operator transported 40,000 containers between 2012 and 2014, primarily for the automotive and electronics industries.
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Takes 17 days a lot shorter than a ship I imagine ?

How is this achieved on a single gauge ?
  wanderer53 Sir Nigel Gresley

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Takes 17 days a lot shorter than a ship I imagine ?

How is this achieved on a single gauge ?
freightgate

Containers are swapped between wagons at the Poland/Belarus and Kazakhstan/China borders. However they are talking of shipping cars from Germany to China now so I imagine these also will need to be reloaded at the borders.

There seems to be a growing market for time sensitive freight to be shipped on this route rather than the much more expensive airfreight route. However I wonder just how the current tensions with Russia will affect this trade in the medium term.
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DB Schenker's service from Hamburg to Zhengzhou


 08.09.2014  


DB Schenker has become the latest logistics major to offer intermodal backhaul service from Hamburg to Zhengzhou, the source of headhaul Foxconn's Apple products.
The German logistics giant now offers "around 17 days" to cover the 10,214 kilometres back through Poland, Belarus, Russia and Kazakhstan to China - 20 days faster than ocean freight to Zhengzhou.
"The ever-increasing goods traffic with China offers a lot of potential, and at the same time we see an increase for transports to China by rail as well," said DB Mobility Logistics board member Karl-Friedrich Rausch.
"Our customers benefit from the experience DB Schenker has been able to accumulate over many years, for the transport of goods by rail from and to China," he said.
More companies are now offering rail freight services, with Atlanta's United Parcel Service (UPS) being the most recent addition, reports Lloyd's Loading List.
But they focus on the westbound headhaul, shipping products from Asia into eastern Europe via Russia and Kazakhstan.
However, DB Schenker's service from Hamburg to Zhengzhou carried 41 containers loaded with industrial robots "for an international technology firm", but DB Schenker said the "multi-customer train" service was available to other shippers
  wanderer53 Sir Nigel Gresley

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I suspect that this is about a new train service rather than actually building a new railway:?

HELSINKI, Sept. 10 (Xinhua) -- Finnish logistics services provider Nurminen Logistics has signed a letter of intent to build a railway across the Asian continent, which will shorten the cargo passage between Finland and China, local media reported Wednesday.
The letter was signed late last month with UTLC, a joint venture of the Russia, Kazakhstan and Belarus state railways, to open a new railway route to China, news service Good News from Finland said in a report.
According to Nurminen Logistics, the railway connection will run from Finland to Central China via Kazakhstan. Transferring container transport from ocean shipping to railways will significantly shorten the transport time from Finland to China from 80 days to 20 days.
The new railway route is primarily designed for transit transport via Russia, said Olli Pohjanvirta, president and CEO of Nurminen Logistics.
He believed that a fast and regular railway connection to China will benefit European forest and mechanical engineering companies, as well as operators importing seasonal goods from China to Europe.
Nurminen Logistics said that the first deliveries are scheduled to start from the last quarter of 2014.

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