Milan-Xi’an Freight Express, source: Hupac

Hupac launches Milan-Xi’an container train

Swiss intermodal transport operator Hupac has launched a new rail freight service to China. It links Milan with Xi’an, capital of Shaanxi province. The connection is organised in partnership with Xi’an International Port Area Haidebang Logistics company.

The new container train departed from Hupac’s Terminal Busto Arsizio-Gallarate, 30 kilometres northwest from Milan. The official ceremony was held on 19 July. In 18 days, the train loaded with Italian red wine, European auto parts, furniture, and e-commerce goods will arrive in Xi’an. The entire route has a length of 12,300 kilometres. For the trial period, the new service will run on a monthly or bi-monthly frequency. In the future, Hupac intends to increase the number of trains up to one connection per week.

Boosting cooperation

Within the departure ceremony, Hupac and Xi’an International Port Area Haidebang Logistics company signed a cooperation agreement to boost rail freight transportation between Italy and China. The document is in line with the strategy of both parties. The Swiss operator is developing a big channel between west and east that connects resources, products and markets. At the same time, the Chinese partner is also interested in more rail freight connections with European countries. Currently, 13 international trains depart from Xi’an linking it with Central Asia and Europe.

Author: Mykola Zasiadko

Mykola Zasiadko is editor of online trade magazines RailTech.com and RailFreight.com.

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