Finnish carrier launches container train bypassing Russia
On May 10, Finnish operator Nurminen Logistics launched the first full-fledged container train from Chongqing (China) along the Trans-Caspian route.
The train will go from China to Central Europe through Kazakhstan, Azerbaijan, Georgia and Romania. This is reported by the railway magazine Railway Supply, citing information from the carrier.
Nurminen Logistics and Kazakhstan Railways built the route from scratch in two months.
It is noted that the time of transportation of cargo from China to Central Europe along the Trans-Caspian route, which connects rail and sea transport, is about three times faster than by sea.
According to Nurminen Logistics, the new route is in high demand and the first train is full. “Seats” on the next train, which will depart on May 25, are also almost sold out.
“Weekly departures are scheduled to start in June. The first train has containers with a wide range of products from European customers. The containers contain components from various industries and summer goods, from jacuzzi, to outdoor sports equipment.
The route is expected to improve Nurminen’s door-to-door rail links between Asia and the Nordic countries, as well as container train links between Norway, Sweden and Finland.
Recall that in March, the Finnish logistics company Nurminen Logistics and Kazakhstan Railways signed a memorandum of cooperation.
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