Chinese liquor enters wine city Bordeaux by train

For the first time, the well-known liquor from the Chinese hub of Wuhan -Yellow Crane Tower- has made its way to France by train. On 17 October, bottles of the Chinese wine were loaded onto the China-Europe train in the Wujiashan railway terminal, headed for Libourne near Bordeaux. The ‘liquor train’ arrived in Libourne on Tuesday October 29.

The French city may be well known for its production of the world-famous Bordeaux wines, it seems to be a market for more spirits, this time coming from the other side of the world. “As the Belt and Road project develops, more and more Chinese companies ‘go outside’ and the range of goods exported from China gradually expands”, notes operator UTLC ERA.

Product expansion

Typical products on the westbound trains from China are electronics, automobiles, auto parts, clothing and food. With the shipment of the Yellow Crane Tower, a new product category can be added.

According to the General Manager of UTLC ERA Alexey Grom, the company will actively expand the market of food products transportation on the China-Europe route in response to improved lead times and increased efficiency of rail transportation on this corridor. The ‘liquor train’ departed from the Wujiashan railway terminal and arrived in Libourne on Tuesday October 29.

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Author: Majorie van Leijen

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

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