A new container train that will deliver cargoes from China to Hungary and pass through Ukraine on transit has completed its first test trip on the Shaanxi (China) – Eperjeske (Hungary) route.
The Rail Cargo Logistics - RUS company (Russia), which operates this service jointly with KTZ Express (Kazakhstan), announced this to the CFTS portal.
The train transported 41 forty-foot containers loaded with consumer goods. The train departed from Shensi on March 27 and arrived in at the destination station in Hungary on April 7.
The new route passes through the Alashankou (China) – Dostyk (Kazakhstan), Suzemka (Russia) – Zernove (Ukraine), and Batiovo (Ukraine) – Eperjeske (Hungary) border crossings.
The train’s second departure is scheduled for April 12. It is scheduled to begin regular weekly operation in May 2019.
The logistic operators that organized the train described it as the opening of a transit "southern corridor" from China to Hungary with the possibility of delivering cargoes to Austria, Germany, Poland, Romania, Italy, Turkey, and other countries in southern Europe.
The reason for the launch of the new route is congestion at the main border crossing, Brest- Małaszewicze, due to large volumes of cargo traffic from Belarus and Kaliningrad, as well as periodic repairs at the border crossing.
As reported earlier, a new international container train from Belarus to Romania began operating through Ukraine on March 6.
The Ukrainian Railways Joint-Stock Company (JSC Ukrzaliznytsia) launched a new container train to Poland on April 4. This train operates on the Nizhnedneprovsk-Uzel – Slawków route.