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New railway route to speed up transport from Finland to China - Finaland
11.09.2014 12:32
Section: Logistics
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, reports IA Xinhua.
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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DHL expands the China-Europe multimodal rail service - Germany
18.09.2014 14:43
Section: Logistics
DHL Global Forwarding, Freight announced today new developments in its route offerings between Asia and Europe for intermodal shipments. A true door-to-door service, DHL’s new scheduled block train service offers an average transit time of 14 days from Suzhou to Warsaw along the trans-Siberian North Corridor.
“Suzhou is a strategic departure point for Jiangsu and it is a huge benefit for our customers to have direct access to inter-continental rail links rather than having to go via Chengdu. Being able to offer multiple loading points across China creates many opportunities for our customers, which is why we are seeing so much interest in multimodal services,” said Roger Crook, CEO DHL Global Forwarding, Freight.
This expansion complements the existing daily single wagon service from Shanghai to Europe, also along the North Corridor, and the weekly block train service from Chengdu to Europe along China’s West Corridor rail line through Kazakhstan to Europe. The expansion taps on Suzhou’s strategic location within Jiangsu Province, an important production area for engineering, manufacturing, high tech, automotive and the retail sector with growing demand.
“As a flexible solution, this service offers the option of booking variable capacity – ranging from a single container to a whole train. Our customers in both continents benefit from reduced door-to-door lead times and CO2 emissions via an effective transport route that seamlessly connects both our groupage network in Europe and DHL Global Forwarding, Freight’s Asian network,” explains Amadou Diallo, CEO DHL Freight.
Broadly, DHL’s multi-modal rail solution customers can expect delivery time reductions of between 10 and 21 days compared to sea freight, depending on origin and destination pairs. In addition, customers seeking environmentally friendly solutions can also expect a fall of CO2 emissions of up to 90% compared to airfreight.
DHL’s road/rail multimodal service between Asia and Europe combines rail and road transportation modes to link the two continents via its intermodal hub in Małaszewicze, Poland. DHL Global Forwarding, Freight launched the service in July 2010 following the completion of more than 120 successful single container trial shipments. Earlier this year, DHL introduced the first temperature-controlled China-Europe rail service, providing customers with precise climate control of containers, regardless of the weather, on the lane from China to Europe going via the West corridor between Chengdu and Lodz.
Additionally, European customers will soon enjoy even broader access to the Asian market. The company is exploring ways to further expand the network to include Japan and Korea, by using ferry services between the three countries, to enable a faster-to-market approach for all customers and therefore strengthening the footprint in the North Asian multimodal market.
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DHL Global Forwarding has announced the expansion of its intermodal services between Asia and Europe.

It has launched a new scheduled block train route between Suzhou and Warsaw, along the trans-Siberian North Corridor, which offers an average transit time of 14 days.

“Suzhou is a strategic departure point for Jiangsu and it is a huge benefit for our customers to have direct access to inter-continental rail links rather than having to go via Chengdu. Being able to offer multiple loading points across China creates many opportunities for our customers, which is why we are seeing so much interest in multimodal services,” explained Roger Crook, CEO DHL Global Forwarding, Freight.

The expansion complements the existing daily single wagon service from Shanghai to Europe, also along the North Corridor and the weekly block train service from Chengdu to Europe along China’s West Corridor rail line through Kazakhstan to Europe, DHL underlines.

The new service taps on Suzhou’s strategic location within Jiangsu Province, an important production area for engineering, manufacturing, high tech, automotive and the retail sector with growing demand.

“As a flexible solution, this service offers the option of booking variable capacity - ranging from a single container to a whole train. Our customers in both continents benefit from reduced door-to-door lead times and CO2 emissions via an effective transport route that seamlessly connects both our groupage network in Europe and DHL Global Forwarding, Freight’s Asian network,” said Amadou Diallo, CEO DHL Freight.

Earlier this year, DHL introduced what it describes as the first temperature-controlled China-Europe rail service, providing customers with precise climate control of containers, regardless of the weather, on the lane from China to Europe going via the West corridor between Chengdu and Lodz.

DHL added that its European customers will soon enjoy even broader access to the Asian market.

It is exploring ways to further expand the network to include Japan and Korea, by using ferry services between the three countries, to enable a faster-to-market approach for all customers and therefore strengthening the footprint in the North Asian multimodal market.
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BEIJING, Sept. 26 (Xinhua) -- Chinese President Xi Jinping met with Spanish Prime Minister Mariano Rajoy on Friday, calling on Spain to participate in the construction and operation of a cargo railway linking east China and Europe.
The cargo railway "Yixin'ou" plans to start from east China's Yiwu, the world's largest wholesale market, and ends in Madrid, Xi told Rajoy in a meeting at the Great Hall of the People.
"We welcome Spain to actively participate in the construction and operation of the railway in the hope of lifting bilateral economic and trade cooperation level," Xi said.
"Yixin'ou" cargo railway linking Yiwu and five central Asian countries started operation in January.
The train travels 4,600 kilometers from Yiwu, passes through Alataw Pass in far west China's Xinjiang Uygur Autonomous Region and arrives in the city of Almaty in Kazakhstan. The line then branches off to reach cities in Uzbekistan, Kyrgyzstan, Turkmenistan and Tajikistan.
On the political front, Xi said the two countries enjoy a sound and solid based relationship. Spain is one of the first EU countries to establish comprehensive strategic partnership with China, said Xi. "We appreciate Spain's foresight on developing ties with China."
Noting that the year 2015 marks the 10th anniversary of the establishment of China-Spain comprehensive strategic partnership, Xi said the two countries need to enhance exchange and cooperation between governments, parliaments, political parties and local regions.
Both sides need to strengthen mutual understanding, explore potential and step up tangible cooperation, he said.
Rajoy said the Spanish government has always adhered to a friendly policy towards China.
Spain appreciated China's firm support and assistance amid the European debt crisis, said Rajoy. "Facts have proven that China is a good friend of Spain. Spain values the friendship and the mutual trust very much."
The two countries are facing great opportunities to develop bilateral ties, he said, adding that he hopes to enhance bilateral political ties, promote cooperation in areas including economic and trade, investment, energy, railway, telecommunication and finance, expand Spanish export of agricultural products to China, as well as boost cultural and people-to-people exchanges during his current visit.
Xi also called on the two countries, both with ancient civilizations, to increase cultural, people-to-people, tourism and sports exchanges so as to learn from each other and deepen friendship.
Calling Spain "a good friend and an important partner" of China in the European Union, Xi said China is willing to work with Spain to promote the development of China-EU relationship.
China supports Spain's active role in international and regional affairs, said the president, adding that China would like to maintain communication and coordination with Spain.
Rajoy said Spain will continue to push forward the healthy development of EU-China relations, and work with China on the UN and climate change issues.
He also expressed once again condolences for the 6.5-magnitude earthquake that hit Ludian in southwest China's Yunnan province on Aug. 3, which killed more than 600 people and destroyed 80,000 homes, adding that Spain is willing to continue to provide assistance to China. Xi appreciated Spain's kindness.
Rajoy will conclude his four-day official visit on Saturday.
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DHL expands China-Europe rail service from Suzhou to Warsaw in 14 days
01 October 2014 China



DHL Global Forwarding has announced a new scheduled block train route between Suzhou and Warsaw, along the trans-Siberian North Corridor, which offers an average transit time of 14 days.
DHL Global Forwarding freight chief Roger Crook said that "Suzhou is a departure point and a huge benefit for customers to have direct access to inter-continental rail links rather than having to go via Chengdu.”
He said that "Being able to offer multiple loading points across China creates many opportunities for our customers, which is why we are seeing so much interest in multimodal services.”
The DHL statement said the expansion complements the daily single railcar Shanghai to Europe service along the North Corridor and the weekly block train from Chengdu to Europe along China's West Corridor line through Kazakhstan.
DHL freight chief Amadou Diallo said that "This service offers the option of booking variable capacity - ranging from a single container to a whole train. Our customers in both continents benefit from reduced door-to-door lead times.”
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DHL expands multimodal rail service connecting China to Europe
13 October 2014 Hamburg



DHL Global Forwarding, a leading provider of air, sea and road freight services in Europe and Asia, recently announced new developments in its pioneering multimodal services in China and plans for North Asia.
A true door-to-door service, DHL’s multimodal solutions connect China to Europe by picking up goods from any location in China, taking it by rail through to Poland and offering last mile delivery by truck or rail to anywhere in Europe.
The company announced a new weekly scheduled block train service from Suzhou along the trans-Siberian North Corridor, to DHL’s intermodal hub in Poland, connecting Suzhou with Europe. A dedicated and cost-effective service, it takes half the time of ocean freight and is a sixth of the cost of airfreight.
This expansion complements the existing daily single wagon service from Shanghai to Europe, also along the North Corridor, and the weekly block train service from Chengdu to Europe along China’s West Corridor rail line through Kazakhstan to Europe.
The new scheduled block train service offers an average transit time of 14 days to Warsaw from Suzhou and will access DHL’s Europe network via Manzhouli in China and Zabaikalsk in Russia and DHL’s intermodal hub in Malaszewicze.
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KTZ Express Hong Kong planning launch of new rail freight services


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KTZ Express (KTZE) Hong Kong, a provider of international rail freight services connecting Central Asia to global markets, is planning to launch new block train services from four cities in China to Europe via Kazakhstan, according to RTG Communications (Hong Kong).
Scheduled for launch during the next 12 months, KTZE Hong Kong is currently in discussion with municipal government officials and freight forwarders in Shenzhen, Guangzhou, Wuhan and Xi’an.
The New Silk Way initiative launched by the Governments of China and Kazakhstan, is now gaining momentum with shippers and freight forwarders attracted by the 16 day transit time to major cities in Europe. There is also growing demand from Europe for dedicated block train services to Asia for products as diverse as fruit to automotive parts.
KTZ Express is currently taking delivery of 200 new 45 foot refrigerated (reefer) rail freight containers to meet demand from shippers for products such as pharmaceuticals, farm produce and computer hardware, which require temperature control.
‘We have had a very positive response from freight forwarders across China who are looking for a fast, efficient and cost effective service direct to their European customers,” said Henrik Christensen, President, Global Logistics, KTZ Express Hong Kong speaking at JOC TPM Asia conference in Shenzhen.
“Shippers of high value products such as electronics, automotive parts, computers, fashion and lifestyle products and fresh produce are actively looking at using rail freight from China to Europe, as a result of longer ocean transit times. We have invested in a large state-of-the-art reefer fleet to ensure our customers’ products are transported at the optimum temperatures.” he added.
Slow steaming by container shipping lines means that the transit time from China to European ports can be more than 45 days. The cost of air freight is also still very high when compared to rail freight.
A key platform in the development of the rail freight service is the new inland container port under construction at Khorgos on the China-Kazakhstan border, this is aimed to provide a regional distribution centre for the growing trade between China South East Asia and Kazakhstan, Central Asia, Russia and the Caucasus.
Khorgos East Gate is a Special Economic Zone with Customs Bonded area with Visa free access.
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CHANGSHA, Oct. 15 (Xinhua) -- The first regular cargo trains linking central China's Hunan Province and Germany will enter service on Oct. 30, local authorities announced on Wednesday.
The railway begins in Changsha, capital of Hunan, crosses the border into Kazakhstan at Alataw Pass in northwest China's Xinjiang Uygur Autonomous Region, and passes through Russia, Belarus and Poland before reaching its terminus in Germany's Duisburg at the heart of Europe.
It only takes 18 days to transport goods from Changsha to Duisburg along the 11,808-km line while the sea route normally takes 40 to 60 days, said Luo Zhuan, deputy head of the provincial port.
The line will likely see increased exports from Hunan to Europe of products including tea, porcelain, chemicals and machinery, said Luo.
Southwest China's Chongqing Municipality opened a similar cargo railway linking Duisburg in April.
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KTZE to start China-Europe via Kazakhstan rail cargo services
20 October 2014 China



KTZ Express (KTZE) Hong Kong, a provider of rail freight services connecting Central Asia to global markets, plans to commence new block train services from Shenzhen, Guangzhou, Wuhan and Xian in China to Europe via Kazakhstan.
Scheduled for launch over the next 12 months, the company is currently holding talks with municipal government officials and freight forwarders in these four cities in China.
The proposal to offer the new rail freight services comes as the New Silk Way initiative launched by the governments of China and Kazakhstan is gaining momentum with shippers and freight forwarders attracted by the 16-day transit time to major cities in Europe.
The rail freight company is taking delivery of 200 new 45-foot reefer boxes to meet demand from shippers for products such as pharmaceuticals, farm produce and computer hardware, which require temperature control.
"We have had a very positive response from freight forwarders across China who are looking for a fast, efficient and cost effective service direct to their European customers," president, global logistics, Henrik Christensen, said.
He added that "Shippers of high value products such as electronics, automotive parts, computers, fashion and lifestyle products and fresh produce are actively looking at using rail freight from China to Europe, as a result of longer ocean transit times.”
The inland port aims to act as a regional distribution centre for the growing trade between China, South East Asia and Kazakhstan, Central Asia, Russia and the Caucasus.
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DHL Global Forwarding has expanded its intermodal services between Asia and Europe to include Japan.

The company said the scheduled service would offer a “seamless” road, sea and rail connection to Europe from Japan and would enable target customers in fashion, automobile and electronics verticals to reduce delivery times by up to half compared to using ocean freight. Compared with air freight, it said the multimodal service cuts freight costs by up to 85% and CO2 emissions by up to 90%.

Goods shipped from Japan will be picked up nationwide by truck in 40ft containers and then transported to any of four ports across Japan – Tokyo, Nagoya, Osaka and Hakata – for transport by ocean liner across the East China Sea to Shanghai. From Shanghai, boxes will then be railed to Poland from where DHL offers last mile delivery by truck or rail to anywhere in Europe.

The service, which has been branded DHL Railline and enables customers to block out single containers, wagon groups or whole block trains, is also being offered to Japanese customers importing from Europe.

“We have established a North Asian multimodal network which connects the North Asian power houses – China and Japan – directly to any destination in Europe,” said Kelvin Leung, CEO, DHL Global Forwarding, Asia Pacific. “Our new service linking Japan to our existing China rail network presents a truly innovative solution which offers cost and time benefits to customers across the region.”

DHL Global Forwarding currently operates two Asia-Europe intermodal routes, which at the European end go via a hub in Malaszewicze, Poland. The first route goes along the trans-Siberian North Corridor and taps into the production and commercial centres of Shanghai, Suzhou and its surrounding areas. The second, the ‘West Corridor’ rail service, originates from Chengdu – one of the most important distribution centres in western China and a hub for high-tech goods, automotive and other industries.

Observers commented that Asia-Europe intermodal options have become increasingly attractive as slow steaming and super-slow steaming by container lines looks set to continue, adding significantly to Asia-Europe sea freight transit times.
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HANGZHOU, Nov. 18 (Xinhua) -- China has opened a cargo train service linking the eastern city of Yiwu, the world's largest wholesale market for small consumer goods, and Madrid in Spain.
A train with 82 containers was the first to travel the entire course of the "Yixin'ou" cargo line on Tuesday, which starts from Yiwu in coastal Zhejiang Province, enters into Central Asia from western China's Xinjiang and traverses Europe to reach its terminus in Spain.
The 13,000-km line passes six countries apart from China and Spain, including Kazakhstan, Russia, Belarus, Poland, Germany and France. It takes 21 days to travel the entire course of the line, the longest in all China-European cargo railways, officials said.
The line opens a more efficient channel for Yiwu's small commodities to go abroad, with the city previously relying heavily on air and marine transportation, said Lin Jiang, a customs official in Yiwu.
The Yixin'ou rail line opened freight traffic between Yiwu and Central Asia in January.
  freightgate Minister for Railways

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That is a long journey. 21 days. How would that timeframe compare to shipping from the same city via the sea ?

Spain has is not on SG so must be at lease two biggie exchanges ?
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That is a long journey. 21 days. How would that timeframe compare to shipping from the same city via the sea ?

Spain has is not on SG so must be at lease two biggie exchanges ?
freightgate

It takes around 4 weeks for the sea voyage so the time saving is not as great as those trains running to Poland and Germany. I am wondering if the time saving will justify the estra costs.

In common with the other services between China and Germany and Poland containers are transhipped at the change of guage so this happens 3 times to reach Madrid
  Bethungra Train Controller

It takes around 4 weeks for the sea voyage so the time saving is not as great as those trains running to Poland and Germany. I am wondering if the time saving will justify the estra costs.

In common with the other services between China and Germany and Poland containers are transhipped at the change of guage so this happens 3 times to reach Madrid
wanderer53

The railroads would have done their numbers prior to the service starting.  A week saving in time would still make sense for time sensitive freight even if it is more expensive.

How many railroad operators would be involved in the train?  

From your post it is no longer a chinese train when it is exchanged?  

Do they simply remove the freight and place the container onto another wagon or do they boogie exchange the wagon as much of this freight could be van traffic.
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The railroads would have done their numbers prior to the service starting. A week saving in time would still make sense for time sensitive freight even if it is more expensive.

How many railroad operators would be involved in the train?

From your post it is no longer a chinese train when it is exchanged?

Do they simply remove the freight and place the container onto another wagon or do they boogie exchange the wagon as much of this freight could be van traffic.
Bethungra

It is worth noting that traffic using the China to central Europe services has mostly be extracted from airfreight rather than fromsea freight. There is a considerable cost saving in doing so. However it remains to be seen how succesful this new service will be. It should be noted that this is not a dedicated train but part loaded on existing services.

Railways involved are.
Chinese
Kazakhstan
Russian
Belarus
How many in the EU are involved I am not sure, it is possible the DB shenker and its subsidiary's could move it all the way from Poland to Spain.

They remove the container from one wagon and place it on another at the change of guage ie China - Kazakhstan, Belarus - Poland and France - Spain borders
  Bethungra Train Controller


They remove the container from one wagon and place it on another at the change of guage ie China - Kazakhstan, Belarus - Poland and France - Spain borders
wanderer53

So all freight on this service must be containerised?

There are many block trains with LCL goods in the european network and also china and russia.  I look forward to the day when the world has a single gauge.  How much more efficient must it be?

The gauge exchange yards in Europe are very efficient and do convert a lot of freight.
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(The Washington Post)


On Nov. 18, an [color=#2e6d9d]82-container freight train left the eastern Chinese industrial city of Yiwu. It was embarking on a landmark journey that is supposed to end 21 days later, in December, in Madrid. The distance the train covers — more than 6,200 miles — marks the longest route taken by a freight train, longer still than Russia's famed Trans-Siberian Railway, as the map above shows.[/color]
Yiwu is the largest wholesale center for small consumer goods in China, making it home to a [color=#2e6d9d]curious mix of foreign businessmen and petty traders, including a large community of Arabs. Now it's plugged into a far larger project: China's zeal to deepen the links between its booming economy and markets in Europe.[/color]

The inauguration ceremony of China-Europe Block Train (Yiwu-Madrid) at Yiwu Railway Freight Station on Nov. 18, 2014, in Jinhua, Zhejiang province of China. (ChinaFotoPress via Getty Images)

The Yiwu-Madrid line is one of a series of routes unveiled following Beijing's new effort to revitalize intercontinental land trade. Dubbing the project the "New Silk Road," the government of Chinese President Xi Jinping has allocated [color=#2e6d9d]an initial $40 billion  to invest in better infrastructure and freight logistics for the trains.[/color]
While container-borne trade still moves mostly by sea, the growing appetite of the Chinese market for European luxury goods means that Eurasian railway freight is catching up, says [color=#2e6d9d]the Economist. China also wants to muscle into a transportation sector still dominated by European companies, [color=#2e6d9d]reports Reuters[/color].[/color]
China is already at the heart of global trade, but a sense of historic primacy is driving the project. The route of the Yiwu-Madrid train cuts through China's far-western region of Xinjiang and then the vast [color=#2e6d9d]Central Asian state of Kazakhstan; centuries ago, caravans bearing Chinese goods trudged through its steppe lands and taiga.[/color]
Screengrab from Xinhuanet.com


Another proposed freight route would enter Europe through Turkey. A [color=#2e6d9d]map published this year by Chinese state media outlet Xinhua depicted the new Silk Road on land as well at sea. China's maritime trade ambitions have seen its state companies plow billions into port-building projects across the Indian Ocean rim, from Bangladesh to [color=#2e6d9d]the Hambantota project[/color] in Sri Lanka to facilities in Kenya.[/color]
China's considerable global footprint, [color=#2e6d9d]particularly in Africa, has led to an expanding navy and [color=#2e6d9d]more established presence[/color] in the waters off East Africa.[/color]
Meanwhile, Xi's new Silk Road project, [color=#2e6d9d]some experts say, has a geopolitical edge with its intent to better knit together logistics and markets in Europe and Asia. It's "a push against the U.S. rebalance to Asia," [color=#2e6d9d]writes[/color] Min Ye, an assistant professor of international relations at Boston University.[/color]
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China has launched an 82-wagon cargo[color=#2731f5][b]train[/b] that will take 21 days to travel 6,200 miles and pass through six other countries as it moves goods from the industrial city of Yiwu to the Spanish capital, [color=#2731f5][b]Madrid[/b][/color]marking the longest route taken by a freight train.[/color]
According to Washington Post, on November 18, the freight train left the eastern Chinese industrial city of Yiwu. The train route is longer than Russia's famed Trans-Siberian Railway. Yiwu is the largest wholesale center for small [color=#2731f5][b]consumer goods[/b] in China. Now the city is plugged into a larger project with the freight train.[/color]
The Yiwu-Madrid line is one of a series of routes unveiled following Beijing's new effort to revitalize intercontinental [color=#2731f5][b]land[/b] trade. [/color]
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China to launch freight train connecting Yiwu with Madrid
24 November 2014 Beijing



In an initiative to build a new silk road linking Asia and Europe though Central Asia, China launched a cargo train service connecting its world's largest commodity market in Yiwu with the Spanish capital Madrid, 13,000 kilometer (km) away.
The train with 82 containers was the first to travel the entire course of the cargo line on Tuesday.
The "Yixin'ou" cargo line starts from Yiwu in coastal Zhejiang Province, enters into Central Asia from western China's Xinjiang and traverses Europe to reach its terminus in Spain.
The 13,000 km line passes six countries apart from China and Spain, including Kazakhstan, Russia, Belarus, Poland, Germany and France. Official said that it takes 21 days to travel the entire course of the line, the longest in all China-European cargo railways.
A customs official in Yiwu, Lin Jiang said, the line opens a more efficient channel for Yiwu's small commodities to go abroad, with the city previously relying heavily on air and marine transportation.
The new train service was launched as Chinese President Xi Jinping announced USD 50 billion fund to build 21st century Silk Road Economic belt and Maritime Silk Road which enhances China's trade links in the region and world.
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IRS: Bridging the gap between China and Spain


 27.11.2014  


IRS InterRail Services GmbH, headquartered in Berlin, Germany, has successfully launched another new product in its China-Europe traffics, in cooperation with the Chinese Railways and DB Intermodal. On November 18, the first container block train between Yiwu in the coastal province of  Zhejiang, East China, and Madrid, the capital of Spain, departed for Spain, pulling 30x40‘ HC TBJU containers.
Along the 13,000 kilometer route, the train goes from Yiwu to Xinjiang in West Chinaand then via Kazakhstan – Russia – Belarus Poland – Germany – France to Spain; so far the longest distance in the China-Europe overland traffics. The transit time is scheduled to be 19 to 21 days. “All partners involved aim at the fastest possible handling, so that we will surely not need to exhaust the 21-day limit”, says IRS Managing Director Tufan Khalaji.  “So far, we are on schedule.”
The new IRS product in the China-Europerail traffics addresses a market segment that has barely been tapped so far for the Europe-Asia land bridge: so called small consumer goods. Yiwu is the world’s biggest wholesale trading center for such goods.  “The product palette there is enormous, as is the quantity of the single export products”, says Khalaji. “Thus, on this first train, we have, to give an example, one full container load of spinning tops for kids, or another one with small cutting tools. Which means that, necessarily, the demands on distribution are high.” To master these, IRS cooperates with the affiliate M&M Militzer & Münch and its Spanish cooperation partner TransNatur.
As has been planned so far, starting in 2015, two trains per month are going from China to Europe. Whether in future Madrid or maybe a German location will serve as a hub for the end-distribution, remains to be decided.
For China, the train is important in many respects. It was the first train to pass the “Yinxin‘ou” freight transport line in full length. In future, also freight transports between Yiwu and Central Asia are to be processed here. Most importantly, though, the regular container block train opens up a much more efficient channel for exporting these goods than other goods carriers, said Chinese officials.
  freightgate Minister for Railways

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The amount of growth of service is almost limitless if you consider the amount of containerised goods although the above article mentions palettes.

Imagine this service being expanded to several per day which is not out of the question.
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The amount of growth of service is almost limitless if you consider the amount of containerised goods although the above article mentions palettes.
freightgate

I think that they have used the term palette in the same context as a palette of colours.

All goods in these services are loaded into containers
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DHL Global Forwarding reports rising demand for its China-Europe temperature-controlled rail services as temperatures in central Asia dip.

The company said that freezing winter temperatures as low as -20 Celsius on the overland route had boosted uptake of its temperature-controlled rail solution along China’s West Corridor from Chengdu to Europe. DHL uses individually powered containers on the route to maintain the temperature of goods with the cargo tracked and temperatures modified if necessary.

“We are seeing an increase in demand across all modes of transport ahead of the year-end holiday season. In particular, the temperature-controlled transport option is especially useful for temperature-sensitive goods, such as certain electronics and high tech products,” said Kelvin Leung, CEO of DHL Global Forwarding Asia Pacific.

“During the winter season, where average temperatures can dip to -20C and beyond along the rail route, customers can pre-define the temperatures for their shipments in the exact range of -25C to 25C.”
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DHL sees rising interest in temperature sensitive China-EU rail service
[color=#3a3a3a]04 December 2014[/color] China



A company said in a statement, DHL Global Forwarding has enjoyed increased interest in its temperature-controlled rail service from Chengdu to Lodz, Poland.
DHL Global Forwarding Asia Pacific Chief Executive Officer (CEO) Kelvin Leung said that "Customer interest has been robust. During the winter season where average temperatures can dip to -20C and more along the rail route, customers can pre-define the temperatures for their shipments in the exact range of -25C to 25C.”
Leung said that "Temperature-controlled containers are individually powered and offer flexibility of controlling, tracking and modifying temperatures remotely through track and trace systems, which allow customers to be aware of their shipment's precise location.”
Leung said, "We are seeing an increase in demand across all modes of transport ahead of the year-end holiday season in particular, the temperature-controlled transportation option is especially useful for temperature-sensitive goods, such as certain electronics and high tech products.”
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DHL sees rising interest in temperature sensitive China-EU rail service

 04.12.2014  

Germany's DHL Global Forwarding has enjoyed increased interest in its temperature-controlled rail service from Chengdu to Lodz, Poland, according to Shipping Gazette..
"Customer interest has been robust. During the winter season where average temperatures can dip to -20C and more along the rail route, customers can pre-define the temperatures for their shipments in the exact range of -25C to 25C," said DHL Global Forwarding Asia Pacific CEO Kelvin Leung.
"Temperature-controlled containers are individually powered and offer flexibility of controlling, tracking and modifying temperatures remotely through track and trace systems, which allow customers to be aware of their shipment's precise location," said Mr Leung.
"We are seeing an increase in demand across all modes of transport ahead of the year-end holiday season in particular, the temperature-controlled transportation option is especially useful for temperature-sensitive goods, such as certain electronics and high tech products," said Mr Leung.

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