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Wuhan start on direct railway cargo service to Czech Republic


China

06 November 2012

Wuhan, Central Chinas' metropolis, has started a new direct rail freight service to Pardubice, 60 kilometers east of Prague in the Czech Republic.

The first run of service carried 50 Forty Foot Equivalent Unit (FEU) of electronic products worth a total of USD 5 million from Wuhan's Wujiashan Railway Container Terminal. The train is expected to arrive in the Czech Republic in 23 days, passing Shanxi province's Ankang, Xian, Gansu's Lanzhou and Xinjiang's Urumqi, Kazakhstan, Russia, Belarus, Poland.

The train service enjoys one-stop customs clearance service. Cargo will be inspected at Wuhan and undergo fast clearance at the border checkpoint at Xinjiang's Alashankou city. Operator of the service, China Railway International Multimodal Transport Company Limited (CRIMT), will coordinate with customs of the countries along the route to ensure high clearance efficiency.

The new service is said to be able to provide a more convenient transportation channel for the imports of Europe-made electro-machinery, automobile and parts, engineering equipment and medical products.

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Russian Railways Logistics (RZDL), together with YuXinOu (Chongqing) Logistics, has despatched its first container train from China to Europe using the CIM/SMGS Common Consignment Note.

The train left Chongqing in China for Poland and Germany carrying 42 forty-foot containers for customers including Acer, ASUS and others.

Kazakhstan's Kaztransservice and Belarus-based firm Belintertrans have coordinated with RZDL in the forwarding project.

Russian Railways Logistics CEO Pavel Sokolov said that the introduction of CIM/SMGS Common Consignment Note is a result of work that has taken two years.

"Shippers save transit time due to container demurrage decrease at the border stations," Sokolov said.

"Kazakhstan's Kaztransservice and Belarus-based firm Belintertrans have coordinated with RZDL in the forwarding project."
The CIM/SMGS Common Consignment Note reduces extra costs on freight forwarding to shippers, who are usually charged for re-issuing the CIM consignment note in place of the SMGS note for each shipment at border stations.

According to RZDL, the common consignment note is a customs document provided in paper and electronic form based on the EU requirement concerning the previous authorisation.

RZDL is also working to accelerate traffic through the breaks of gauge at Dostyk Station in Kazakhstan and Malaszewicze in Poland.

The development of the Chongqing - Duisburg corridor will help speed-up the process by two days and further expand the potential client base along the route.

RZDL owns a 16.3% stake in the joint venture Chongqing Logistics, which was founded by the Transport Holding Chongqing (CQCT), China Railway International Multimodal Transport (CRIMT), JSC Russian Railways Logistics, Schenker China and JSC Kaztransservice.

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New direct rail freight service to Pardubice launched
  06.11.2012  


Wuhan, Central Chinas' metropolis, has started a new direct rail freight service to Pardubice, 60 kilometres east of Prague in the Czech Republic, reports Xinhua. The first run of service carried 50 FEU of electronic products worth a total of US$5 million from Wuhan's Wujiashan Railway Container Terminal. The train is expected to arrive in the Czech Republic in 23 days, passing Shanxi province's Ankang, Xian, Gansu's Lanzhou and Xinjiang's Urumqi, Kazakhstan, Russia, Belarus, Poland. The train service enjoys one-stop customs clearance service. Cargo will be inspected at Wuhan and undergo fast clearance at the border checkpoint at Xinjiang's Alashankou city. Operator of the service, China Railway International Multimodal Transport Co Ltd (CRIMT), will coordinate with customs of the countries along the route to ensure high clearance efficiency. The new service is said to be able to provide a more convenient transportation channel for the imports of Europe-made electro-machinery, automobile and parts, engineering equipment and medical products.
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ASTANA, Nov. 13 (Xinhua) -- Central Asia plays a key role in international railway transport, a Russian official said here Tuesday.

Speaking at an international rail business forum held here, Russian Railways head Vladimir Yakunin said the region was important to the development of international transport corridors.

"The rapid economic growth of countries in the Asia-Pacific region and the territorial attraction of their industrial basis ... conjure before us ever new prospects for increasing volumes of freight flows towards Europe," he said.

The Strategic Partnership 1520 forum is aimed at strengthening relations among railway systems and developing business cooperation in the Central Asian region.

Rail is currently one of the key areas uniting countries with the single standard rail gauge of 1520 mm.

The forum brought together national railway companies from Kazakhstan, Russia and other countries as well as a wide range of companies dealing with railway transportation and engineering.

The participants were expected to review the needs of Central Asia and help unlock its huge potential in both logistics and transit.

The forum has built on previous discussions in Sochi, Russia, earlier this year, which explored new opportunities in boosting trans-Eurasian transport corridors.

The measures discussed included encouraging more competitive transport products to feed the growing number of manufacturing facilities in Central and Western China, expanding container business on the East-West route, creating modern rolling stock and developing a vibrant passenger transportation market.

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III International Rail Business Forum “Strategic Partnership 1520: Central Asia” Opens in Astana

14.11.2012 (11:30)

"The Railway System 1520 Space - in general and the railways in Central Asia in particular - is a vital link between the crucial macro-regions of the global economy - the European Union and the Asia-Pacific region. Our attention remains constantly focused on the integration processes in the Eurasian space, which not only have a direct impact on the efficiency of transport networks in terms of cooperation between countries, but also serve as a catalyst for economic growth," said the president of Russian Railways Vladimir Yakunin yesterday, during his address at the opening of the III International Rail Business Forum "Strategic Partnership 1520: Central Asia".
Yakunin expressed confidence that the work at the business forum would facilitate a constructive dialogue to develop optimal solutions and identify the agreed direction for transportation systems in terms of effectively implementing the transit potential of the Central Asian countries.
The III International Rail Business Forum "Strategic Partnership 1520: Central Asia" is being held on 12-14 November 2011 in Astana, the capital of Kazakhstan, with the official support of Russian Railways and Joint Stock Company Kazakhstan Temir Joly.
The main purpose of the event is to strengthen railway links and develop business cooperation in the Central Asian region, which is now one of the key regions in the 1520 mm space of countries with a single standard rail gauge due to its unique geographical position and high economic growth.
The forum is being attended by over 350 people, including managers of national railway companies, relevant government authorities in Russia, Kazakhstan and other Central Asian states, leading international consulting agencies, including McKinsey & Company, the Boston Consulting Group and A.T. Kearney, and major transport and machine-building enterprises in the CIS and EU.
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Container train China – Czechia in record time
  14.11.2012  



On 9 November, after merely 16 days, the pilot container block train from Wuhan in Central China reached its destination, Pardubice in Czechia, safely and on time. CRIMT (China Railway Intermodal Transport) had dispatched the pilot train on 24 October with 50 x 40’ containers filled with computer parts. The route ran from China via Kazakhstan, Russia, Belarus and Poland to Czechia. The train operator from the Chinese-Kazakh border to its European destination was the Swiss-based company InterRail Holding AG. During the process and organisation, incl. door-to-door solutions, InterRail was actively supported by its Russian subsidiary, InterRail Trans Siberian Express Service, as well as the Polish InterRail-Polcont, and its offices in China. “The record journey time of this container train was achieved thanks to close international cooperation, innovative logistics, and modern IT usage at the border crossings”, explained Hans Reinhard, Chairman of InterRail Holding AG, right after the train had arrived at its destination. “I am particularly happy”, he said, “that with the successful realisation of this project, the cooperation between our Group and CRIMT, the container operator of the Chinese Railways, once again had proved to be effective. In addition, what also contributed to the success was our cooperation with the Kazakh Railways KTZ, for whom we are a global partner with regard to the realisation of the ‘New Silk Road’ project.” At the same time, Reinhard mentioned the close cooperation of the company with other partners of the project: “The Kazakh container operator Kedentransservice, as well as RZD, BCH, PKP and CD and Express Interfreight Brno, responsible for the train carriage on its last stretch, from Malaszewicze to Pardubice, were not only important, but also very constructive key players”. Howard Lamb, CEO of the InterRail Group, underlined the significance this train had for continuing the project ‘New Silk Road’ between China and Europe. “With this train, we were able to gather new experience for the development of the ‘electronic train’, of which our Group is an initiator. The use of electronic advance information for customs and border controls very much contributed to the record time, accelerating the passing of border controls”, said Lamb. The average speed of the train was altogether 700 km per day. Reloading at the Chinese-Kazakh border in Alashankou/Dostyk only took 10 hours. There, only 1.5 hours were necessary for the release of the train. “Prospective, interested customers will certainly analyse in detail these and other excellent performances of the pilot train from Central China to mid-Europe. In any event, the performances established new measures; they demonstrate how closer cooperation and technological innovation enhance competitiveness”.


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Testing the Eurasian Rail Land Bridge

14.11.2012 (18:21)

On November 13, a train from China with 43 containers carrying electronics arrived at the Małaszewice PKP Cargo Logistics terminal in Poland.
The train departed from China on October 26 and travelled over 10,000 km through Kazakhstan, the Russian Federation and Belarus to Poland.
Now, the train’s undercarriage will be changed to run on the 1,435 mm rail gauge. The transport heads to Germany, to a client in Rheinhausen. Throughout Poland, the train will be operated by PKP Cargo.
This is the second trial run of a container train from China to western Europe, but the current one has the CIM/SMGS bill of consignment, which decreased the necessary paper work.
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The chairman of JSC Russian Railways (RZD), Vladimir Iakounine, says  French logistics company Gefco will play an integral part in a new rail freight corridor his group is setting up between Asia and Europe.

Earlier this month, Russia’s state railways finalised the deal for the €800 million purchase of a 75% stake in Gefco from French auto maker PSA Peugeot-Citroën, subject to regulatory approval.

In an interview in French business daily, Les Echos, Iakounine underlined that the development of RZD’s freight activities between Asia and Europe was a priority.,revealing that Russia, Belarus and Kazakhstan were planning to create a joint-venture rail logistics company as part of the project to span the two continents.

"Gefco will have an important rôle in this project while remaining an independent subsidiary within RZD," he said.

Gefco currently runs a regular rail service from eastern France carrying auto parts to a Peugeot-Citroën assembly plant in Kaluga, near Moscow.

Iakounine said RZD had been eyeing Gefco as a possible target for some time.

"The liberalisation of the Russian economy makes provision for privatisation measures and RZD recently had to sell its freight  subsidiary TPK. This very profitable company generated an annual income of around Rb20 billion. We had to replace this source of revenue.

"We’re also persuaded that Russian rail will have an increasing role in transport between Asia and Europe while we would like to strengthen our position at the ports. On the basis of these three factors, we took the decision to acquire one of Europe’s most solid logistics companies."

The fact that 60% of Gefco’s turnover came from the automobile industry was not an obstacle to RZD’s diversification projects for the company he added.

He also hinted that RZD taking control of Gefco could open the door on collaboration with its French rail counterpart, SNCF, in logistics.

But Iakounine ruled out further acquisitions of logistics companies in Europe for the foreseeable future.


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DB Schenker has successfully tested the use of a “common consignment note” for rail freight shipments between China and Europe.

The operator said once the procedure was introduced on regular services, it would then be possible to promise shorter journey times thanks to less time spent at border crossings.

Trains can reach Duisburg from Chongqing, in China’s hinterland – around 11,000km through China, Kazakhstan, Russia, Belarus and Poland – in just 18 days.

DB Schenker said: “It has been possible to demonstrate how a common consignment note is designed to work, since the complete information required for the transit and receiver countries en route must also be included on the new common consignment note when it is issued in China.

“As a result, the examinations and supplementary data, currently required for the European sections of the route, in addition to the transcription of the consignment notes, will in future be eliminated.

“This means that time spent at border crossings can be significantly reduced, with a corresponding reduction in provision and transit times. This will benefit the entire sector and enhance rail’s competitiveness.

“The simplification of freight documents similar to the situation in air and ocean freight is one of the most important measures now being introduced to further reduce the journey time significantly between China and Europe. Until now, two separate consignment notes have been required for rail shipments of this kind. The simplification also opens up the possibility of using an electronic consignment note in future.”

The trial was jointly organised by DB Schenker and rail operator YuXinOu (Chongqing) Logistics Co
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DB Schenker: Common Consignment Note Successfully Tested on Rail Shipment between China and Germany

28.11.2012 (13:58)

DB Schenker has successfully tested the use of a common consignment note for rail freight shipments between China and Europe. The first container train dispatched from China by DB Schenker under a common consignment note has arrived in Germany.
Once the procedure is introduced on regular services, it would then be possible to assure the customer of a shorter journey time. Trains currently arriving in Duisburg from Chongqing in China’s hinterland require 18 days for the journey – which is half the time required when shipping freight by sea. DB Schenker provided the service for a consumer electronics manufacturer who has been sending container trains for two years now from Chongqing along the approximately 11,000 kilometer route through China, Kazakhstan, Russia, Belarus and Poland to Germany. DB Schenker and the rail operator YuXinOu (Chongqing) Logistics Co., a joint venture, had joint overall responsibility for the preparation and completion of this test. Together with Trans Eurasia Logistics GmbH, a joint venture between Deutsche Bahn and RZD, DB Schenker has been pushing for the introduction of a single consignment note for the entire journey and will now be one of the first companies able to use this procedure on this route.
“The shorter transit time that is now possible will give new impetus to the Eurasian Land Bridge and allows us to recommend ourselves to our customers as an innovative, strong and reliable partner,” says Dr. Karl-Friedrich Rausch, Member of the Management Board of DB Mobility Logistics AG responsible for the Transportation and Logistics Division.
On the test run from China to Europe, it has been possible to demonstrate how a common consignment note is designed to work, since the complete information required for the transit and receiver countries en route must also be included on the new common consignment note when it is issued in China. As a result, the examinations and supplementary data, which are currently required for the European sections of the route, in addition to the transcription of the consignment notes, will in future be eliminated. This means that time spent at border crossings can be significantly reduced, with a corresponding reduction in provision and transit times. This will benefit the entire sector and enhance rail’s competitiveness. The simplification of freight documents similar to the situation in air and ocean freight is one of the most important measures now being introduced to further reduce the journey time significantly between China and Europe. Until now, two separate consignment notes have been required for rail shipments of this kind. The simplification also opens up the possibility of using an electronic consignment note in future.
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DB Schenker: common consignment note successfully tested on rail shipment between China and Germany
30. November 2012  



The German logistics service provider DB Schenker has successfully tested the use of a common consignment note for railfreight shipments between China and Europe. The simplification of freight documents similar to the situation in air and ocean freight is one of the most important measures now being introduced to further reduce the transit time significantly between China and Europe. Until now, two separate consignment notes have been required for rail shipments of this kind. The simplification also opens up the possibility of using an electronic consignment note in future. (ben)

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Third China Europe box rail line opens
  03.12.2012  



A new rail line for container cargo linking Suzhou via Inner Mongolia's border checkpoint Manzhouli will run to Poland has officially started operation, Xinhua reports. This is the third container railway launched in China after the Chongqing, Xinjiang, Germany line as well as the Wuhan, Xinjiang, Czech line. The new route extends across Siberia through Russia and into Belarus, covering 11,800 kilometres and is said to cut logistics costs for shippers from the Pearl River Delta. Initially, transits will be 18 days, but there are plans to shorten that from 14 to 16 days. The new railway is currently only available for exports but will apply for import approval in the future. The advantage is speed, taking half the time of ocean freight, while the cost is much lower than air freight, and thus, it is argued that rail is the most cost-efficient. According to Far East Land Bridge Ltd, the Austrian Trans-Siberian rail operator, exports from Samsung and LG's Suzhou factory have grown to 8,500 TEU per year, but as Suzhou is short of international railways, these manufacturers have had to move their cargo to Shanghai, resulting in high cost and longer transit times.


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Note of achievement on China-Germany rail freight trial


UK

30 November 2012

DB Schenker has successfully tested the use of a “common consignment note” for rail freight shipments between China and Europe.

The operator said once the procedure was introduced on regular services, it would then be possible to promise shorter journey times thanks to less time spent at border crossings. Trains can reach Duisburg from Chongqing, in China’s hinterland – around 11,000 kilometer (km) through China, Kazakhstan, Russia, Belarus and Poland – in just 18 days.

DB Schenker said: It has been possible to demonstrate how a common consignment note is designed to work, since the complete information required for the transit and receiver countries en route must also be included on the new common consignment note when it is issued in China.

“As a result, the examinations and supplementary data, currently required for the European sections of the route, in addition to the transcription of the consignment notes, will in future be eliminated."

“This means that time spent at border crossings can be significantly reduced, with a corresponding reduction in provision and transit times. This will benefit the entire sector and enhance rail’s competitiveness."

“The simplification of freight documents similar to the situation in air and ocean freight is one of the most important measures now being introduced to further reduce the journey time significantly between China and Europe. Until now, two separate consignment notes have been required for rail shipments of this kind. The simplification also opens up the possibility of using an electronic consignment note in future.”

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Third China Europe box rail line opens this one from Suzhou to Poland


China

03 December 2012

A new rail line for container cargo linking Suzhou via Inner Mongolia's border checkpoint Manzhouli will run to Poland has officially started operation.

This is the third container railway launched in China after the Chongqing, Xinjiang, Germany line as well as the Wuhan, Xinjiang, Czech line.

The new route extends across Siberia through Russia and into Belarus, covering 11,800 kilometers and is said to cut logistics costs for shippers from the Pearl River Delta.

Initially, transits will be 18 days, but there are plans to shorten that from 14 to 16 days. The new railway is currently only available for exports but will apply for import approval in the future.

The advantage is speed, taking half the time of ocean freight, while the cost is much lower than air freight, and thus, it is argued that rail is the most cost-efficient.

According to Far East Land Bridge Limited, the Austrian Trans-Siberian rail operator, exports from Samsung and LG's Suzhou factory have grown to 8,500 Twenty Foot Equivalent Unit (TEU) per year, but as Suzhou is short of international railways, these manufacturers have had to move their cargo to Shanghai, resulting in high cost and longer transit times

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Container rail line now operational
  06.12.2012  



new rail line for container cargo, linking Suzhou via Inner Mongolia's border checkpoint Manzhouli, and running to Poland, has officially commenced operations, it has been reported, according to Exim News Service. This is the third container rail line to Europe launched in China after the Chongqing, Xinjiang, Germany line and the Wuhan, Xinjiang, Czech Republic line. The new route extends across Siberia through Russia and into Belarus, covering 11,800 km. It is expected to reduce logistics costs for shippers in the Pearl River Delta. Initially, transits will be 18 days, but there are plans to shorten transit time to 14-16 days. The new rail line is currently only available for exports but plans to apply for import approval. The advantage of this connection is speed and cost efficiency, highlighted a statement, as it takes half the time of ocean freight, while the cost is much lower than air freight.


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First direct Chengdu-Lodz freight train arrives in Poland
  11.01.2013  


THE first direct rail freight service linking China and Poland set off from Sichuan's capital of Chengdu two weeks ago has arrived at Poland's Lodz railway station, reports from Xinhua. The freight carried mostly electrical appliances. After going through the customs clearance procedures, these goods will be distributed to various destinations in Europe, reported, Poland's Gazeta Wyborcza. The cargo train service is operated by HATRANS, a Lodz-based logistics company. A Hatrans official said, ocean shipping is usually the way of moving cargo between Poland and China mainly, but it takes at least 45 days. In addition, many factories in China are located inland. The products needed to be carried to ports before they can be loaded onto ships and set off abroad. In comparison, direct rail transport is a cost saver and more efficient. Experts argue that the competitive edge of Lodz, an industrial city in central Poland, is becoming more apparent, and that it will soon become the first choice for Poland in attracting investment from China.
Lodz deputy mayor Marek Ciesla said his city, the third largest in Poland, will grow to become an important hub for the European economy and perhaps for the entire world. At the end of 2011, the Polish president visited China and China's Premier Wen Jiabao visited Poland last year. The visits deepened cooperation between the two countries and stimulated trade. Lodz delegations have been attending a number of China's international trade meetings in China in recent years. The new direct cargo train service was partly the result of these meetings. The freight train offers convenience for China-made products' presence in the Polish market and also facilitates the importing of Polish foodstuffs into China. As of the end of 2011, there have been products of six Polish manufacturers imported into China. In the first half of 2012. Poland's meat export to China valued US$415,000. In comparison, China's meat import from Denmark were valued at $155 million and those from Spain valued $93 million. In 2011, Polish exports to China climbed 20 per cent while imports from China grew 15 per cent. Meanwhile, exports from Bulgaria to China surged 73.7 per cent, those from Lithuania jumped 72 per cent and those from Portugal 64 per cent. Analysts said that the above-mentioned figures indicate that there is vast potential underlying the trade between China and Poland. In view of this, government and enterprises from both sides are seeking to deepen and widen their scope of cooperation.
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Russian Railways Logistics plans to expand service portfolio
15. January 2013  



Russian Railways Logistics (RZDL) shipped 3.3 million t of cargo in 2012, compared to 1.5 million t in 2011. The company organized the transport of goods in Europe and Asia in collaboration with more than 450 companies and other major shipping companies. In addition, RZDL introduced multimodal transportation in cooperation with Russian Railways subsidiaries and other partner organizations. For 2013, the company aims to expand its service portfolio, as well as to further develop its subsidiaries and joint ventures' businesses, including YuXinOu (China) and Euro Rail Trans company (Latvia) and the Far East Land Bridge (FELB) in Austria. (ben)

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First direct freight train service arrives in Poland from China


Beijing

21 January 2013


The first direct rail freight service linking China and Poland arrived at the latter’s Lodz railway station recently after a two-week journey from Sichuan's capital of Chengdu.

The freight carried was mostly electrical appliances which were to be distributed to various destinations in Poland and Europe.

The cargo train service is operated by HATRANS, a Lodz-based logistics company. A Hatrans official said moving cargo between Poland and China by sea takes at least 45 days.

As many factories in China are located inland, export products need to be carried to ports before they can be loaded onto ships. Comparably, direct rail transport is a cost saver and more efficient.

The freight train is therefore seen as a boon for exim trade between China and Poland as well as between China and Europe.

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First direct freight train arrives in Poland from China in 14 days
 21.01.2013  



The first direct rail freight service linking China and Poland arrived at the latter’s Lodz railway station recently after a two-week journey from Sichuan's capital of Chengdu, according to Exim News Service. The freight carried was mostly electrical appliances which were to be distributed to various destinations in Poland and Europe. The cargo train service is operated by HATRANS, a Lodz-based logistics company. A Hatrans official said moving cargo between Poland and China by sea takes at least 45 days. As many factories in China are located inland, export products need to be carried to ports before they can be loaded onto ships. Comparably, direct rail transport is a cost saver and more efficient, the reports pointed out. The freight train is therefore seen as a boon for ex-im trade between China and Poland as well as between China and Europe.


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Chongqing-Xinjiang-Europe freight rails to begin triple-weekly service


China

04 March 2013


The Chongqing-Xinjiang-Europe transnational logistics railway authority plans to launch triple-weekly service operation this year with a 16-day transit.

The freight rate of the CFS-CFS transport is expected to fall by USD 1,000 per Twenty Foot Equivalent Unit (TEU) of container. No basic charge was given in the report

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Chongqing-Duisburg railway service launched its first return service from Duisburg
 06.03.2013  



The Chongqing-Xinjiang-Europe container railway service has launched its first return service from Duisburg, Germany, and is expected to arrive in Chongqing in mid-March, carrying 41 TEU of Ford auto parts. As freight rates continue to fall and cargo sources grow, the Germany-bound service will be increased to three runs and Chongqing-bound to one per week later this year, said Xinhau. The return leg will catch up with the Germany-bound frequency in three year, said Mu Huaping, director of Chongqing Commission of Economy and Information Technology. Mr Mu said the upgrade of the service will make Chongqing a distribution centre for Europe's trade goods with China and cement its status as the largest hub for Sino-European trade in the western region.
The Chongqing-Xinjiang-Europe cargo railway covers 11,179 kilometres. It runs from Chongqing via Xinjiang, Kazakhstan, Russia, Belarus, Poland to Germany's Duisburg. Transit time for a single journey is 16 days. Since opening for traffic in 2011, the railway has become an important channel for exports to Europe from the western province. However, higher freight rate and lack of cargo had impeded the launch of the return service from Germany.
Since the later half of 2012, the rate of the service has been lowered from US$0.9 to $0.7 per TEU per kilometre with the collaboration between government of Chongqing, China Railway Group and logistics operators from countries along the line. The service is 30 days faster than ocean shipping with only one fourth of the cost of air transport. So far, it has operated 58 runs carrying a total of 5,000 TEU of goods with value of more than $1 billion.


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Thrice-weekly China-Europe cargo rail service intended


Beijing

07 March 2013


The Chongqing-Xinjiang-Europe transnational logistics railway authority plans to launch a triple-weekly service this year with a 16-day transit.

It would result in the freight rate for the Container Freight Stations (CFS)-CFS transport falling by USD 1,000 per Twenty Equivalent Unit (TEU).







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Lithuanian Railways Woos Swedish Firms to Use Shuttle Trains

15.03.2013 11:56
       Section:                                Railways in the CIS and Baltic states


Lithuania's railway monopoly, state-owned Lietuvos gelezinkeliai (LG),  is offering Swedish logistics companies the services of LG's Russia- and  China-bound shuttle train lines, Merkurijus and Saule, respectively,  reported news2biz LITHUANIA.

Initial consultations have been held with the railway logistics company Green Cargo, Port of Karlshamn and NetWork Logistics consultancy.

"It is very early in the day for us to say something tangible – right now we are conducting a study to determine the potential demand for this new freight corridor that could cover all the markets southeast of Sweden – the Baltics, Russia, Belarus and China," says Lennart Johansson, director business control at Green Cargo, to news2biz.

"Today our main markets outside Sweden are Western European countries and also Norway. By early summer we should know more about our potential interest in LG's offer."

Green Cargo transports most of its freight by electrically powered trains but also provides road-based haulage and third-party logistics services. In 2012, the company turned over SEK 4.6bn.

At the end of 2012, LG set up its first rep office in China, in Beijing, in order to help attract new customers and deal with more immediate operational issues arising for existing customers that use the Saule (Sun) container shuttle train. The train linking Klaipeda with Kazakhstan's town on the border with China debuted more than a year ago, and as of late 2012 has gone regular, operated by LG's Lithuanian partner VPA Logistics. The company charges around USD 3,200 per 20' container for an eight-day one-way trip.



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Unified railway law aims to boost Europe - Asia freight

18 March 2013









INTERNATIONAL: A joint declaration expressing willingness to create a common legal regime for rail traffic across Asia and Europe was signed by 37 countries at a ministerial meeting in Gen?ve on February 26.

The aim is to establish 'a unified set of transparent and predictable' legal conditions for international rail freight transport 'from the Atlantic to the Pacific', equivalent to the regimes for competing road, air and water transport.

The planned general conditions of transport for Euro-Asian rail transport, known as GTC EurAsia, would include a common consignment note and 'to the extent possible' a single liability regime.

Recognising the progress made by OTIF, OSJD and the International Rail Transport Committee towards the development of a common consignment note, the ministers said 'further steps should be taken to facilitate the conclusion of Euro-Asian rail transport contracts.'

Operators, associations and other stakeholders have been invited to co-operate in the development of GTC EurAsia, which is supported by the United Nations Economic Commission for Europe.

Signatories: Armenia, Azerbaijan, Belarus, Belgium, Bosnia-Herzegovina, Bulgaria, Croatia, Cyprus, Czech Republic, Estonia, Finland, France, Germany, Greece, Italy, Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, Latvia, Lithuania, Macedonia, Malta, Moldova, Mongolia, Netherlands, Pakistan, Poland, Portugal, Romania, Russia, Serbia, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland, Tajikistan, Turkey, Ukraine, Uzbekistan


  wanderer53 Sir Nigel Gresley

Location: front left seat EE set now departed
New railway cargo service to central-Polish city of Lodz


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Chengdu recently help a promotional conference for its new railway cargo service to central-Polish city of Lodz, which is scheduled to start on April 26, according to the Shipping Gazette.
The service is said to be the fastest cargo train service from western China to Europe, taking only 12 to 14 days, one third of the ocean shipping time, according to Xinhua's report. It will also be 75 per cent cheaper than using air transport.
The route is 9,826 kilometres long, stretching from Chengdu's Qingbaijiang Railway Container Terminal via Xinjiang's border city Alashankou, traversing through Kazakhstan, Russian and Belarus to Poland.
The weekly transit will initially be 14 days and will be shortened to 12 days in the future. Shipments can transit via railway or road to other parts of Europe within one to three days.

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