First freight train from China arrives in Port of Rotterdam

As China continues to develop a new “silk road” the first freight train from the country arrived in Rotterdam on Thursday evening.

The train carrying 80 containers took 18 days to reach Rotterdam’s Rail Service Centre from Kumming in Yunnan Province. The train travelled via Zabaykalsk, on the China Russia border – Belarus – Brest/Malaszewicze, on the Polish border where the containers destined for Rotterdam were loaded onto a European gauge train.

Poland’s Cargosped, which operated the train in Europe, expects more trains to go to Rotterdam in August and September.

“Rotterdam is glad that the Chinese trains are now also arriving in Rotterdam. This ‘new silk road’ is significant for the further development of Rotterdam as a European logistical hub for all kinds of modalities and for the Rotterdam rail product in particular,” the Port of Rotterdam said.

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