The latest news about the New Silk Road

New collaboration seeks more volumes between China-Russia

Transport volumes between mainland China and Russia have growth potential. The same applies to the volumes between Chinese and Russian Far East ports with an extension to rail. TransContainer aims to boost them even more with a memorandum of understanding with two Chinese rail companies.

Empty wagon train rolls through CIS countries with only electronic bill

A test shipment of empty cars using only electronic consignment notes has been carried on the broad gauge section of the New Silk Road. The train left Brest on 9 November, and made it to the Chinese border of Dostyk/Altynkol. It was operated by UTLC ERA.

TransContainer launches record-breaking Far East train

TransContainer puts rail at the forefront of intercontinental transport once again. This time it connected Korea to Poland via Russia and Ukraine. The new train service was launched in cooperation with Korean Pantos Logistics and Polish PKP LHS.

Fastest China-Europe train so far? The secret lies in the border crossing

A new rail link was launched recently on the New Silk Road connecting Wuwei, in the Gansu province, with Hamburg in Germany. Unlike others, this new service avoids the busy Malaszewicze border crossing. Instead, it follows a different route into the EU via the Bruzgi-Kuznica corridor on the Belarusian/Polish border and arrives in Poland in… Read more ›

Nurminen puts major exporter on Eurasian tracks

An export train full of sawn timber departed from Kotka, Finland, towards Chongqing, China, last week. Nurminen Logistics set up the train for Versowood, the largest Finnish producer and exporter of sawn timber. The transiting train carries 41 containers and will arrive in China after a trip of approximately 21 days.

The Moscow Shuttle departed from Rotterdam

The new direct rail freight service connecting Rotterdam with Moscow commenced on Thursday, 28 October. The ‘Moscow Shuttle’, as it is called, departed from the RSC Waalhaven terminal and will travel through Poland and Belarus and the Brest/Malaszewicze border-crossing before reaching its final destination.

Russia resumes mega project: connecting North Sea Route with Indian Ocean by rail

Russia is resuming the implementation of an ambitious railways project, which should connect the ports of the Pacific and Indian Oceans with the Northern Sea Route. The project was put on hold during the pandemic, but was resumed last month with new financial impetus from RZD, Russian Railways’ subsidiary.

New beginning: Shanghai Express arrives in Hamburg

The first container block train from Shanghai reached the DUSS terminal in Hamburg on October 25. It is to be followed by many other westbound, and also eastbound trains, as it lauds in the beginning of a new corridor between China and Germany.

China Railways stops China-Europe trains for the first time

Railway traffic from China to Europe via the border crossings of both Alashankou and Erenhot has been halted. China Railways has released an official mandate to stop the loading of outgoing trains via these border crossings, starting on Monday 25 October. The ban will be in place for until 1 November for Alashankou and until… Read more ›

How the Russian route to China becomes a million-TEU corridor

Rail freight volumes via the Trans-Siberian corridor could reach a million TEUs in 2023. That estimation is based on the current growth trends, which show that transit traffic through Russia is on the rise. In 2020, the total reached a figure of 558,157 TEUs and during the first 9 months of this year, it already… Read more ›