Rail Cargo Group at the China International Import Expo. Photo: RCG

Rail Cargo Group handles 400 trains Asia-Europe in 2018

Rail Cargo Group (RCG) has reached its ambitious goal this month of handling a total of 400 trains between Asia and Europe in 2018. It transported more than 30,000 standard containers by rail between Asia and Europe. In 2019, RCG plans to operate a total of 600 trains between neighboring continents.

The ÖBB-freight subsidiary operates freight services between the continents on the routes Chongqing-Duisburg and Xian-Budapest. “Freight transports always run in both directions, ie from China starting to Europe, as well as from Europe to China”, the company pointed out. In June this year, it re-routed the latter to the border crossing of Altynkol-Khorgos, an upcoming gateway between Kazakhstan and China.

Ambitions

RCG announced earlier to look into the Middle Corridor as an alternative route to and from China. The Middle Corridor runs from China to Kazakhstan and Azerbaijan, where it crosses the Caspian See, In Georgia, it continues on the Baku-Tbilisi-Kars railway to Turkey, onto Central Europe. This alternative route has enormous potential. Not only containers are being transported, but trailer traffic is also in high demand. The goal is to offer these services on this route in the future”, said RCG.

Moreover, in February 2018, the ÖBB and Russian Railways (RZD) signed a cooperation agreement to extend the broad gauge railway line from Slovakia to Austria. The broad gauge railway line, also called the ‘Russian gauge’ currently runs via Ukraine to Košice in Eastern Slovakia. “It is now planned to extend the single-track route from Košice to Parndorf, for example, in order to make the greater Vienna area an intermodal hub for goods from the Russian and East Asian regions and to better open up this area for European goods”, explained the ÖBB.

China International Import Expo

RCG is currently participating in the first China International Import Expo (CIIE). “RCG is underscoring its increasing involvement in China by participating in the first China International Import Expo (CIIE). In addition to 3,600 companies from 172 countries, the RCG is represented for a week with its own booth at the National Exhibition and Convention Center in Shanghai”, the company said.

Author: Majorie van Leijen

Majorie van Leijen is editor of RailFreight.com, online magazine for rail freight professionals.

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