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DHL begins 2nd Chengdu and Europe rail link cuts costs, transit times

13 May 2013
Asia


Provider of air, sea and road freight services in Europe and Asia, DHL Global Forwarding, has introduced a 2nd routing option for customers keen on capitalising on its existing road/rail multi-modal overland service connecting Asia and Europe.

Chengdu-based customers in particular can now board DHL's once-a-week service departing every Friday from Chengdu to Europe along China's West Corridor rail line through Kazakhstan and via DHL's intermodal hub in Malaszewicze, Poland, a company statement said.

The new weekly service comes as an addition to DHL's already successful daily service - departing from Shanghai and running along the trans-Siberian North Corridor - with a transit time difference of up to eight days. In turn, the new service also offers greater cost and CO2 emission reductions.

DHL Global Forwarding Asia-Pacific Chief Executive Officer (CEO) Mr. Kelvin Leung said, "Consumers are increasingly looking to DHL to handle their shipments between China and Europe and demand for our original daily rail/road multi-modal service out of Shanghai has increased substantially since we launched it in 2011.”

Mr. Leung explained that DHL is the only forwarder offering regular, daily rail departures to and from China via its intermodal hub in Malaszewicze, Poland.

He said,"We provide a true door-to-door service by picking up goods from any location in China and offering last mile delivery by truck or rail to anywhere in Europe out of Malaszewicze via DHL EUROCONNECT.”

 
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DHL with fast rail connection between China's megacities and Europe

DHL Global Forwarding, Freight has extended its route offerings between Asia and Europe for intermodal shipments. The new service now offers two routes that combine rail and road transportation: daily shipments from Shanghai via the trans-Siberian route in the north and a weekly departure from Chengdu through China's west corridor rail line. On the trans-Siberian route to and from Shanghai, DHL says it is first in the industry to offer customers the option of booking the transport capacity they require at a particular point in time. For the most part, overland transport between Shanghai and the EU border at Malaszewicze (Poland) will be carried out by rail, with last-mile transportation by road. (ben)
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Chengdu and Europe Rail begins 1st live test run with 41 laden containers

18 May 2013
Europe


A Chengdu-Europe train carrying 41 laden boxes has left Chengdu in Sichuan province and arrived in Lodz, Poland.

The journey takes 14 days, and it is the first this year via Alataw Pass checkpoint starting from Sichuan and passing through Kazakhstan, Russia and Belarus.

 
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Trans-Siberian container train takes seven days 23 May 2013
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RUSSIA: An express container train service taking just seven days to cover the 9 450 km between the far east port of Nakhodka and Moscow has been launched by Russian Railways, its TransContainer subsidiary and Global Ports Group’s Vostochnaya Stevedoring Co.

The first 71-wagon express train was despatched from Nakhodka Vostochnaya on May 1, arriving at Moscow Tovarnaya-Paveletskaya on May 8. The service runs twice a week, departing on Wednesdays and Fridays, and does not call at intermediate terminals.

RZD said standard container services take 11 to 14 days.

 
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GETO for more rail traffic on the East-West axes

 30.05.2013  

„In order to  achieve competitiveness for goods transported by rail on the East-West axes to Russia and onwards to Central Asia as well as the Far East, we urgently need better conditions,” Hans Reinhard, Chairman of GETO (Association of European Transsiberian Operators and Forwarders), said at its General Assembly held in May in Frankfurt. In the short term, the GETO member companies will therefore present a common catalogue of requirements for the development of rail traffic between Western Europe and Russia and/or the other CIS states, and will forward same to the relevant responsible bodies. Key issues will be questions such as the need for competitive pricing, more cost transparency and reduced costs, for a  comprehensive introduction of end-to-end freight documents, as well as stronger enforcement of simplified customs procedures. “By having close relationships to the International Coordinating Council for Transsiberian Transport (CCTT) in Moscow and the Management of RZD and other CIS Railways, it is possible for us to  elevate both the problems encountered by our members as well as the resulting requirements to the correct address”, Reinhard underlined. He further explained that the urgency for more pressure for improved competitive conditions for rail traffic on the East-West axes was a result of the current signs of stagnation on the Russian freight transport market and the increasing competition of heavy goods vehicles on long distances.

In his analysis of the general developments on the railway market of the CIS and in particular of Russia, the GETO Chairman addressed in detail the changing conditions, which are due to a large number of private wagon operators, and the lack of clear legal instructions in Russia, which should regulate fair relations between forwarders, operators and consigners of goods.

At the General Assembly, all members agreed that the availability of wagons for rail traffic going East had improved considerably during the past few months. There were enough wagons available at the border crossings and interfaces, given that the number of transported goods had decreased compared to the previous year, and since there had been some improvements in the wagon management of the Russian railway sector. Considering some types of wagons such as Open top wagons, there had even been a real surplus capacity of privately owned rolling stock.

GETO was founded in Basel in 1978. Its goal was to safeguard the interests of European Trans-Siberian operators and to support traffic on the most important Eurasian railway corridor. Meanwhile, the Association has broadened its profile. With its interest in East-West railway traffic and the relevant operators and forwarders, GETO not only looks at big transit traffic through Russia, but also strongly considers bilateral rail traffic with Russia as well as the other CIS countries. The interest in this respect has increased, which is reflected by six new member companies that joined GETO at this year’s GA. Thanks to its own website and own chat forum for members, the Association created better conditions for information and communication. “By using modern IT within the framework of GETO itself, we want to reiterate our demands for stronger usage of electronic data exchange for quicker handling and an end-to-end IT supported tracking and tracing,” said Werner Albert, longstanding Chairman of GETO and today Honorary Chairman, thus commenting on this development. Alongside the Assembly, Albert, who is also Vice Chairman of CCTT in Moscow, firmly pointed out and opposed the danger emanating  from a monopoly of the East-West railway traffic: “As much as it may sound positive that there is a growing number of goods transports between Western Europe and China, this almost exclusively refers to a few large-scale operators and big customers. To develop these traffic routes sustainably, we need offers that are attractive and open to a broad range of customers, especially also from the medium-sized economy. This is an important realm of functions for GETO in its further development“.

 
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A new rail freight service between China and Europe has made a promising start, according to the Chinese-Polish joint-venture company behind the project, YHF Logistics.
The weekly service, made up of between 41 and 52 wagons and carrying multi-sized containers, operates from Chengdu, in China’s Sichuan province, in the west of the country, to the city of Lodz, in central Poland.

"The weekly service was launched at the end of April and has made a very satisfactory debut to the extent that we are aiming to introduce daily frequencies from Chengdu by the end of 2013," YHF Logistics’ CEO, Sofiane Rachedi, told Lloyd’s Loading List.com in an interview.

The Chengdu-Lodz Express block train crosses countries such as Kazakhstan, Russia and Belarus, during its 10,000-kilometre journey, where containers can be unloaded, reaching Poland in 14-15 days.

"The service is more expensive than ocean freight but offers far shorter transit times than the 30-40 days by ship. While it can’t match the delivery lead times of air freight, rates are considerably cheaper.

"The service supplements rather than rivals air and ocean transport and has already attracted some of the biggest names in freight forwarding, such as DHL, DB Schenker, UPS, TNT, Geodis and Hellmann, who view it as a solution for shipping goods in high-value-added sectors," Rachedi said.

The choice of Chengdu as the departure point of the service is not without significance. The city and its environs has emerged as a major centre for automobile manufacturing, with Volkswagen and Volvo, being among the companies present. Chengdu also boasts a cluster of IT equipment and electronics firms.

As for Lodz, it is the distribution hub of transport and logistics firm, Hatrans, the Polish partner in YHF Logistics. "From Lodz, we can provide on-forwarding provision to western Europe and Russia within 48 hours," he said.

Rachedi also has plans to develop ’return’ traffic from Europe to China. "We expect to operate several trains from Lodz to Chengdu this summer, on an ad hoc basis, and move to a scheduled service of one to two trains per week from end 2013/early-2014, carrying a broad range of luxury and top brand goods."

 
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Poland and China freight train a success

03 June 2013
China



A freight train operating between the Polish city of ?ód? and Chengdu in China will travel its way carrying freight not once a week as originally planned, but 3 times a week. The link was launched 2 weeks ago and has raised a lot of interest, mostly from Polish firm.

“We get tens of requests for quotations every day,” Rafa? Bobowski from Hatrans, the company that operates the train, told Gazeta Wyborcza. All of the interest has prompted the firm to boost the number of operated trains.

The train takes 14 days to get from the Chengdu to ?ód?. Shipment by train costs between 4 and 8 times less than air freight and takes half the time a cargo ship takes to reach Europe.

For the time being, it carries goods only to Poland, but Hatrans is working on offering cargo transportation to China, too. Local authorities are promoting the connection as well, hoping it will make ?ód? a cargo hub linking China and the rest of Europe.

 
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ASTANA (Reuters) - Kazakhstan has launched a new transit railway linking China to Europe, aiming to beat rival routes for journey time in the competition to handle a growing flow of goods along the ancient Silk Road trade route.

"Kazakhstan is a virtual bridge linking the East and the West," Yerkin Meirbekov, deputy railway department chief at Kazakhstan's Transport Ministry, said in an interview. "You can actually say this is the revival of the Silk Road."

Centuries ago, it would take months for caravans of camels and horses from China to reach Europe across the sun-scorched steppes and deserts of Central Asia to exchange silk for medicines, perfumes and precious stones.

Now it takes just 15 days for trains carrying containers with electronic goods, construction materials and other cargo to cover the 10,800 km (6,750 miles) route from Chongqing in southwest China to Duisburg in Germany's industrial Ruhr region.

Late last year, Kazakhstan completed construction of a 293-km (183-mile) stretch from Zhetygen to Korgas at the Chinese border, looping it in to the existing national railway network and opening the second China-Europe link across its territory.

Meirbekov said that the annual volume of freight turnover along the new route, guaranteed by China, was set to total 2 million metric tons (2.2 million tons) this year and would rise eventually to 15 million metric tons.

"The Chinese side, as well as the Kazakh side and European partners - everyone is ready (to handle these volumes) already tomorrow," Meirbekov said.

"All railways, as well as customs and border guards, are ready to assist fast passage of cargo across their territories."

Europe-bound trains from China cross from Kazakhstan into Russia. Then they go via Belarus and Poland before reaching Duisburg in Germany.

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Transit routes are a major earner for Kazakhstan's fast-growing economy, already established as a route for pipelines to pump Central Asian oil and gas to China, reducing the region's dependency on former colonial master Russia.

"In railways, transit cargo is considered to be net profit, because there are no costs involved - you take in cargo at one border and hand it over at the other. This is a tasty morsel, and all nations are vying for transits," Meirbekov said.

Kazakhstan, the world's ninth-largest nation by area which is populated by just 17 million, inherited another railway route to China from the Soviet Union.

This railway, with the Dostyk-Alashankou crossing at China's border, handled a record 16.5 million metric tons of cargo to and from China in 2012, Meirbekov said, predicting that it would reach it maximum annual capacity of 25 million metric tons soon.

"If you look at China's prospects, large-scale and intensive development of western China is under way, and output produced there should be exported elsewhere," he said. "This is why the second (transit) route was built."

"Sending goods by sea is very cheap - of course, if the client agrees to wait for 45 days," he said. "But markets are fickle, and you have to move fast."

Goods to be delivered to Europe from China via Russia's Trans-Siberian railway would cover 12,000 km and transit time would take between 18 and 20 days, the Kazakh government says, touting its own route.

Oil-rich Kazakhstan, Central Asia's largest economy, forecasts its gross domestic product to expand by 6 percent this year after a 5-percent rise in 2012.

Kazakh state railway company Kazakhstan Temir Zholy (KTZ) has estimated that cargo transit via its network would reach 35 million metric tons by 2020 and eventually rise to 50 million metric tons.

 
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Russian Railways (RZD) has signed an agreement with the North Korean Ministry of Railways (MOR) to complete the reconstruction of the rail line from Russia's border town of Khasan to the North Korean port of Rajin.

The parties have confirmed that the project of renovating the Khasan - Rajin line is in its final stages.

The project involves the reconstruction of the 54km dual-track railway line with 1,520mm and 1,435mm gauges, the reconstruction of three tunnels, the repair of a border railway bridge and construction of a freight terminal that can handle four million tons of goods a year at Port Rajin.

Work on the section between Rajin and Tuman stations is reportedly almost complete, while the installation of signalling, centralisation and blocking equipment has been completed on the entire line except at Rajin station.

The work on the three tunnels has been completed, with work underway to finish repairs on the border bridge.

"The parties have confirmed that the project of renovating the Khasan - Rajin line is in its final stages."

RasonKonTrans, a joint venture set up in 2008 by RZD Trading House and the port of Rajin, is carrying out the project.

The deal also outlines plans to create a single control centre to supervise traffic management and facilitate collaboration for the entire North Korean rail network.

The centre will be created with the help of RasonKonTrans and North Korea's ZHTK Donghae MOR.

The deal will also see the joint development of instructions for the movement of trains and a train timetable.

The modernisation of the Khasan - Rajin line is part of a project to restore traffic on the entire Trans-Korean Main Line.

In the future, the project is expected to enable further traffic between South Korea, Europe, Russia and the CIS countries to be sent by rail via the Trans-Siberian Railway.

 
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DHL starts weekly rail link from China to Poland

25 June 2013
Europe



DHL Global Forwarding has developed a new door-to-door delivery service between China and Europe using a transcontinental train link.

The air, sea and road freight vision of Deutsche Post DHL has developed its new service win partnership with rail operator YHF Logistics.

The service uses the new Chengdu to Poland express train operated by YHF Logistics, launched this spring. The 9,826 kilometer (km) rail journey takes 14 days, but cuts transit time by 40 days compared to ocean freight.

Its once-a-week service runs through to its intermodal hub in Malaszewicze, Poland, and the company then trucks shipments to Moscow to offer a 20-day transit time between Chengdu and Moscow, DHL said.

Mr. Kelvin Leung, the Asia Pacific Chief Executive Officer (CEO) for DHL Global Forwarding, conceded that it might seem counter-intuitive to ship freight through Russia to Poland before trucking it back to Moscow.

“Our innovative multi-modal team has found that mixing the two different modes of rail and truck and taking this route in fact cuts transit time and transport costs significantly by pre-empting and overcoming potential delays that can be encountered when entering Moscow by rail,” he explained.

DHL sees the Chengdu to Poland trade lane as important with China being one of Russia’s top trading partners.

DHL has already carried out several trials along its new multimodal route to Moscow for various customers. Its new service is open to businesses in any sector.

Chengdu-based YHF Logistics inaugurated its China to Poland train link at the end of December, with the link running through Western China, Kazakhstan, Russia and Belarus before arriving in Poland.

"We are happy to be DHL’s chosen partner in an ever-changing, challenging and competitive market. As an established leader in freight services in the region, DHL is a reliable partner with business ideals and ideas that we are happy to support and be a part of. We look forward to more innovative ideas on how we can further enable trade between not just the two countries, but the two continents,” Mr. Sofiane Rachedi, the YHF Logistics president, said.

 
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Geodis Wilson increases rail cargo services

27 June 2013
China



Geodis Wilson, one of the world's leading freight management firms, today announced the expansion of its Asia-Pacific operations to include domestic rail goods services in China, with intercontinental services between China and Europe also planned.

Freight transport by rail is growing in China. It is considered a viable alternative to road transport because of its safe, efficient and environmentally friendly nature. Rail transport experiences a strong political and social support in China, which makes it certain to develop considerably in the near future.

Mr. Kim Pedersen, Executive Vice President of Geodis Wilson said, "In Geodis Wilson we follow closely the development of this segment, particularly when it involves intercontinental connections between China and Europe.”

As part of a mixed rail, sea, air and road transportation solution, Geodis Wilson's new Chinese rail freight service will offer customized, flexible, and reliable door-to-door services. Shipment of goods on container block trains as well as all pre- and post-rail transportation services will be offered. These value-adds will include, pick-up, pre-carriage and on-carriage, reloading, control of trans-shipments, railway wagon planning, freight documentation and real-time tracking and tracing.

Geodis Wilson will also be launching services for 20 and 40 foot Full Container Load (FCL) and break bulk from China to Central Asia, Mongolia, Russia and Europe. This builds on its already existing services to Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, Uzbekistan, Turkmenistan and Mongolia for a number of key customers including Dunlop Taikoo (Jinjiang) Aircraft Tyres Company Limited, Mindray Medical International Limited, TLD™ Asia Limited, Sino Energy (Beijing) Company Limited, Kashgar Tiandeli Industry Company Limited.

 
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Geodis Wilson is to expand its Asia-Pacific operations to include domestic rail freight services in China, with intercontinental services between China and Europe also planned.

 
Freight transport by rail is growing in China, as it is considered a viable alternative to road transport and receives strong political and social support.

Kim Pedersen, Executive Vice-President of Geodis Wilson, said: “We follow closely the development of this segment, particularly when it involves intercontinental connections between China and Europe.

“We are targeting customers who are looking for an alternative to air freight with a longer lead time.”

He added that rail freight offered the advantage of lower costs versus air freight over medium to long distance routes and was the only transport mode offering an integrated transport network connecting seaports, hinterlands and economic zones over vast distances, and across political and geographical borders.

As part of a mixed rail, sea, air and road transportation solution, Geodis Wilson’s new Chinese rail freight service will offer customised, flexible door-to-door services. Shipment of goods on container block trains as well as all pre- and post-rail transportation services will be offered.

Value-adds will include, pick-up, pre-carriage and on-carriage, reloading, control of trans-shipments, railway wagon planning, freight documentation and real-time tracking and tracing.

Geodis Wilson will also be launching services for 20ft and 40ft FCL (full container load) and break bulk from China to Central Asia, Mongolia, Russia and Europe.

This builds on its already existing services to Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, Uzbekistan, Turkmenistan and Mongolia for a number of key customers.

 
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INTERNATIONAL: The national railways of Russia, Kazakhstan and Belarus have signed an agreement to establish United Transport & Logistics Co, a jointly-owned company which would provide intermodal services within the three countries’ Common Economic Space, including transit routes between Europe and Asia.

Once government approval is obtained for the plan, UTLC is to be formed as a Russian-registered joint stock company with each railway holding shares in proportion to the assets it contributes to the new company.

RZD plans to contribute its stake of 50% + 2 shares in TransContainer and its 100% stake in RZD Logistics, while the other partners will contribute shares in their subsidiaries including KTZ’s Kedentransservice, along with rolling stock and freight terminals including sites at Dostyk, Altynkol and Brest.

The partners anticipate that UTLC would invest in rolling stock, containers, terminals and IT infrastructure worth US$6·2bn by 2020, to be financed by equity and borrowing without any additional resources from the founders.

The business plan predicts UTLC will carry more than 4 million TEU by 2020.

 
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Geodis Wilson expands rail freight services in China

Geodis Wilson, one of the world's leading freight management companies, is expanding its Asia-Pacific operations to include domestic railfreight services in China. The French service provider is also planning to provide intercontinental services between China and Europe. As part of a mixed rail, sea, air and road transportation solution, Geodis Wilson's new Chinese railfreight service will offer customized, flexible, and reliable door-to-door services. Shipment of goods on container blocktrains, as well as all pre- and post-rail transportation services, will be available. Geodis Wilson will also be launching services for 20 and 40 foot full container loads (FCL) and breakbulk from China to Central Asia, Mongolia, Russia and Europe. (ben)
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Chinese and European senior officials urged further cooperation through the Sino-Euro railway on Wednesday.

The 11,179-km Chongqing-Xinjiang-Europe railway connects Chongqing with Duisburg, Germany, via Kazakhstan, Russia, Belarus and Poland.

"I hope the Sino-Euro railway can extend to all 16 Central and Eastern European countries,"said Huang Qifan, mayor of Southwest China's Chongqing municipality, at the Local Leaders' Meeting of China-Central and Eastern European Countries in Chongqing on Wednesday.

He said the customs departments of these countries should strengthen cooperation to shorten the time needed to process goods and thus save costs for transporting freight via the route.

Customs should work together and share information so freight owners can make only one declaration, have one inspection and one release, and avoid opening carriages at each customs stop, which is time-consuming, Huang suggested.

The current Chongqing-Xinjiang-Europe railway has helped some businesses shorten transportation times and save costs since it began operation in 2011, Huang said.

The rail link transports the city's goods from IT, auto, medical electronics and other sectors to European markets. The total value of import and export freight has reached $3 billion, he said.

The complete trip takes 16 days, less by up to 20 days than the usual shipping time. The cost is one-fifth that of transporting cargo by air, Huang said.

Victor Ponta, prime minister of Romania, also spoke highly of the Sino-Euro railway, saying the line will contribute to the quality of people's lives along the way.

However, challenges still exist. Most freight from coastal cities to the Central and Eastern European countries is still transported by ship to Rotterdam, and then transferred by air or road to Russia and Central and Eastern European countries, Huang said.

To achieve steady train transportation requires sufficient supplies for both imports and exports, but the Chongqing-Europe railway lacks exports from European countries, participants of the meeting said.

Germany, the final stop of the railway in Europe, has high demands for exporting to China by train.

"Germany's exports to China consist mainly of cars, machines and other heavy technological goods for which transport costs ?? which are cheaper on the sea route ?? generally are a more important factor than transport times,"said Gerold Amelung, the German consul-general in Chengdu.

He said the majority of opportunities offered by the new transport route are used by Chinese exporters.

"However, almost half of all Chinese imports from Europe originate in Germany. For the long-term success of this project ?? and to fully mobilize its economic potential ?? it is crucial that the capacity of this route is used fully in both directions,"he added.

Boleslaw Kosciukiewicz, the minister counselor of the embassy of the Republic of Poland in Beijing, said Poland is very interested in increasing trade with China via the railway.

"Our imports from China are 10 times larger than our exports to China,"he said.

Kosciukiewicz said that increasing exports to China is his country's main interest, as it exports leather goods, jewelry and food products, including pork and chicken.

 
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RZD Logistics exercised an option to purchase shares of the Austrian FELB09.07.2013 00:49

Section: M&A RZD Logistics (a subsidiary of RZD) exercised an option to buy 15.1% stake in Far East Land Bridge Ltd (FELB, Austria), which specializes in rail transit container traffic on the route China-Europe-China, increasing its stake to 25.3%, according to the company’s materials.

In summer 2012, RZD Logistics announced about the completion of its acquisition of a 10% stake in FELB and about plans to increase its stake in the company to 25%. In its annual report published in March, the company said it planned to exercise its option to buy 15.1% stake in FELB this year.

According to the information, RZD Logistics bought the stake in FELB in late April, reports Prime.

RZD Logistics previously reported that its relations with FELB is targeted at carrying out the company's strategy to withdraw and promote their services in European and Asian cargo transportation markets, and aimed at the further development of the transit potential of Russian railways. In the future, FELB will be part of an integrated transport and logistics company of the Customs Union.

Translated by RZD-Partner.com

 
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RZD plans to expand its stake in FELB to 50% in 201311.07.2013 01:16

Section: M&A RZD holding company is going to expand its stake in Far East Land Bridge Ltd. (FELB, Austria) to 50% in 2013, according to the annex to the annual report published by RZD-Logistics (a subsidiary of Russian Railways JSC). FELB specializes in container transit transportation by railway between China and Europe.

In summer 2012, RZD-Logistics announced it had purchased a 10% stake in FELB and planned to expand its shareholding in the company to 25%. At the end of April 2013, it exercised an option for a 15.1% stake and expanded its stake to 25.3%

“The board of the company is confident that the funds FELB will get after all these actions (the expansion of RZD holding company’s stake in the FELB’s stock) will be enough to pay FELB’s debt of $22.5 million to RZD-Logistics,” runs the annex to the annual report published by RZD-Logistics.

Translated by RZD-Partner.com

 
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ASTANA, Kazakhstan -- Kazakhstan has launched a new transit railway linking China to Europe, aiming to beat rival routes for journey time in the competition to handle a growing flow of goods along the ancient Silk Road trade route.

"Kazakhstan is a virtual bridge linking the East and the West," Yerkin Meirbekov, deputy railway department chief at Kazakhstan's Transport Ministry, said in an interview. "You can actually say this is the revival of the Silk Road."

Centuries ago, it would take months for caravans of camels and horses from China to reach Europe across the sun-scorched steppes and deserts of Central Asia to exchange silk for medicines, perfumes and precious stones.

Now it takes just 15 days for trains carrying containers with electronic goods, construction materials and other cargo to cover the 6,750 mile route from Chongqing in southwest China to Duisburg in Germany's industrial Ruhr region.

Late last year, Kazakhstan completed construction of a 183-mile stretch from Zhetygen to Korgas at the Chinese border, looping it in to the existing national railway network and opening the second China-Europe link across its territory.

Meirbekov said that the annual volume of freight turnover along the new route, guaranteed by China, was set to total 2 million metric tons this year and would rise eventually to 15 million metric tons.



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A train carrying 45 tons of liquefied petroleum gas imported from Kazakhstan arrives at the Alashankou (Alataw Pass) Port in Bozhou in northwest China's Xinjiang Uygur Autonomous Region on June 14, 2010.

"The Chinese side, as well as the Kazakh side and European partners -- everyone is ready (to handle these volumes) already tomorrow," Meirbekov said.

"All railways, as well as customs and border guards, are ready to assist fast passage of cargo across their territories."

Europe-bound trains from China cross from Kazakhstan into Russia. Then they go via Belarus and Poland before reaching Duisburg in Germany.

Transit routes are a major earner for the fast-growing economy of Kazakhstan -- the world's ninth-largest nation by area but with a population of only 17 million.

 
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ZHENGZHOU, July 17 (Xinhua) -- A cargo train from Zhengzhou in central China to Hamburg in Germany will be launched on Thursday to boost bilateral trade, Chinese railway authorities said Wednesday.

The container train will start its journey from Zhengzhou, capital of Henan Province and pass through Kazakhstan, Russia, White Russia, Poland before reaching Germany, said the Zhengzhou Railways Bureau.

The train will travel 10,214 km for 16 to 18 days. The service could shorten the length of time needed for cargo from Zhengzhou to Europe via sea by about 15 days.

The first train will carry 665 tonnes of goods such as tyres, shoes, clothes in 51 containers. The trade volume is worth 1.52 million U.S. dollars, according to customs authorities in Zhengzhou.

There will be six such trains to Hamburg this year, which are expected to realize more than 100 million U.S. dollars of exports and imports.

In 2014, the number of cargo trains from Zhengzhou to Hamburg will rise to 50, bringing trade volume of 1 billion U.S. dollars.

 
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China to commence freight train to Germany

18 July 2013
Zhengzhou



A cargo train from Zhengzhou in central China to Hamburg in Germany will be launched on Thursday to boost bilateral trade, Chinese railway authorities said Wednesday.

The container train will begin its journey from Zhengzhou, capital of Henan Province and pass through Kazakhstan, Russia, White Russia, Poland before reaching Germany, said the Zhengzhou Railways Bureau.

The train will travel 10,214 kilometer (km) for 16 to 18 days. The service could shorten the length of time needed for cargo from Zhengzhou to Europe via sea by about 15 days.

The first train will carry 665 tonnes of goods such as tyres, shoes, clothes in 51 containers. The trade volume is worth 1.52 million U.S. dollars, according to customs authorities in Zhengzhou.

There will be 6 such trains to Hamburg this year, which are likely to realize more than 100 million U.S. dollars of exports and imports.

 
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BEIJING, July 19 (Xinhuanet) -- Responding to rising trade volumes, Zhengzhou, a business and logistic center in Central China, has started rail service to Hamburg, Germany.

The train takes 18 days to make the 10,214-kilometer trip, but that's more than twice as fast as maritime transport. It can also effectively save 80 percent of the cost compared with air shipments, and it's about 489 U.S. dollars cheaper on average compared with road transportation, which is a major incentive for the Eurasian Land Bridge, also dubbed New Silk Road.

The route reaches Germany via Kazakhstan, Russia, Belarus and Poland. Zhengzhou International Inland Port Development Co Ltd is responsible for cooperating with partner rail companies in each country.

The containers have to be transferred by crane to different gauges twice. First comes a change to the Russian style broad gauge line at the Kazakhstan-China border at Alashankou, in northeastern China's Xinjiang Uygur autonomous region. The second is a transfer to standard gauge at the Polish-Belarusian border.

DB Schenker, the transport and logistics arm of Deutsche Bahn (Germany's national railway) is the rail route's main partner outside China. It provides gauge transfer and technical services through its service network in Central Asia and East Europe after the trains leave China.

"It can save a lot of time and money to import German electronic products, construction machinery, vehicles and parts, medical equipment and other high value-added products through this new international rail route," said Karl-Heinz Emberger, managing director of Central and North China, DB Schenker (China) Ltd.

China-Europe trade fell 3 percent year-on-year in the first half, to 259.21 billion U.S. dollars. However, China remains Germany's biggest trade partner, with bilateral trade of 189.35 billion U.S. dollars in 2012.

"The degree of interdependence between China and Germany continues to deepen with surging bilateral cross-industry trade. China is exporting consumer goods in exchange for Germany's high-tech products.

"Thus, most of their imports are complementary. It isn't direct competition," said Luo Renjian, a researcher at the Institute of Transportation Research under the National Development and Reform Commission.

China is focusing on developing high-end manufacturing and curbing energy-intensive industries during the 12th Five-Year Plan (2011-15).

Germany is proficient in producing green energy, biomedicine, high-efficiency engines, new materials, energy-saving products and information technology.

The Zhengzhou-Europe freight route will be joined by three other cargo rail services by year end. Henan will be able to transport goods to Almaty in Kazakhstan, Moscow and the port city of Klaipeda in Lithuania through this route.

Luo said German economic and trade cooperation with China will rise for a long time. Capable Chinese companies are also inclined to acquire German companies to gain cutting-edge technology, especially in chemistry, telecommunications, construction machinery, biology and steel.

Chinese companies invested 2.1 billion U.S. dollars last year in Germany to acquire quality German companies and technology.

"With many manufacturing companies moving their facilities to both Germany and inland China, there is an increasing need for logistics and transportation services in these two fast-growing markets," said Cui Shaoying, director of the Zhengzhou Economy and Technology Development Zone.

Cui said the rail freight using the Eurasian land bridge will speed up access to key markets in Europe.

The first freight train had 41 containers, including 11 containers of vehicle parts, industrial yarn, high-end shoes and clothing en route to Hamburg, 29 containers of abrasive headed to Belgium's Antwerp and one container of garments destined for Rotterdam, the Netherlands. The goods are valued at 2.33 million U.S. dollars.

Zhengzhou's importance as an economic driver in China's central region has been growing in recent years, and it is emerging as the next high-tech manufacturing area in China.

 
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ZHENGZHOU, China, July 19 (UPI) -- A company in China using a daisy-chain of rail links said it was offering railroad shipping service from China to Germany.

Zhengzhou International Inland Development Company is offering the service, which will include an 18-day rail trip of about 6,345 miles, the China Daily reported Friday.

Shipping costs are expected to be 80 percent less than air freight. It will also be priced $500 less than overland trucking services, the newspaper said.

In addition, at least compared to marine shipping, it will be a far quicker trip -- about half as long, China Daily said.

The company will link shipping services that include three different railway gauges and send freight through Kazakhstan, Russia, Belarus and Poland.

The services has been made possible by increased demand, China Daily said.

"The degree of interdependence between China and Germany continues to deepen with surging bilateral cross-industry trade," said Luo Renjian, a researcher at the Institute of Transportation Research under the National Development and Reform Commission.

"It can save a lot of time and money to import German electronic products, construction machinery, vehicles and parts, medical equipment and other high value-added products through this new international rail route," said Karl-Heinz Emberger, managing director of Central and North China, DB Schenker (China) Ltd.

Read more: http://www.upi.com/Business_News/2013/07/19/Rail-shipping-opens-from-China-to-Germany/UPI-36921374250722/#ixzz2ZZbjfkFw

 
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BEIJING: China has established its second rail link to Europe, connecting the central Chinese city of Zhengzhou with Hamburg in Germany.

This comes after China launched a direct cargo service between its western city of Chengdu and Poland.

The twice a week cargo train will take 18 days to complete the journey taking half of the time required to transport goods by sea. The 10,214 km journey begins at the inland port of Zhengzhou and passes through Kazakhstan, Russia, Belarus and Poland.

Rail movement to Germany would be hugely cheaper compared to transportation by sea, air or road, officials said. Three other foreign rail links to Moscow, Almaty in Kazakhstan and Lithuania will be established by China by end of this year.

"It can save a lot of time and money to import German electronic products, construction machinery, vehicles and parts, medical equipment and other high value-added products through this new international rail route," said Karl-Heinz Emberger, managing director of Central and North China, DB Schenker (China) Ltd, the logistics arm of Deutsche Bahn, Germany's national railway, said.

 
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THE first freight train from Zhengzhou in eastern China to the Billwerder intermodal terminal in Hamburg arrived at its destination on August 2, just 15 days after setting off on its 10,214km journey.

The inaugural trip was arranged by Zhengzhou International Land Port Development and Construction Company with the cooperation of DB Schenker. The 51 containers were transferred to 1520mm-gauge wagons at Alashankou on the China-Kazakhstan border, continuing through Russia before being transhipped back to standard-gauge wagons at the Belarusian – Polish frontier.

A return service is due to depart from Billwerder on August 14, and DB Schenker hopes to begin operating a regular weekly block train on the route by the end of the year.

DB Schenker says that it has been involved in the operation of more than 300 trains between Germany and China over the last three years. Regular weekly block services already run from Chongqing to Duisburg and from Leipzig to Shenyang, which serve customers in the electronics and automotive industries. These trains run on a more northerly route via the Trans-Siberian Railway.

 
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INTERNATIONAL: An inaugural freight from Zhengzhou in China arrived at the Hamburg-Billwerder yard on August 1.

The train was operated on behalf of Zhengzhou International Land Port Development & Construction Co, with DB Schenker responsible for the logistics services outside China. The 10 214 km route through China, Kazakhstan, Russia, Belarus and Poland was covered in just 15 days, carrying 51 containers.

'Growing Chinese goods traffic, together with the ongoing shift of production-intensive industries to the Chinese hinterland, offers a lot of potential', said Rüdiger Grube, Chairman of the DB management board. 'DB Schenker in Asia is in an excellent starting position.'

The first freight train from Beijing reached Hamburg in 2008, and DB Schenker has managed regular weekly block train services between China and Germany since 2011, mainly serving customers from the automotive and electronics industries. Around 300 trains have run in the past two years.

 

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