Train loaded with masks from Wuhan arrives in Serbia
A train loaded with masks and medical equipment from the Chinese city of Wuhan was welcomed in the terminal of Beograd, in Serbia yesterday. The train was arranged with the help of the Chinese government, in order to support Serbia in dealing with the coronavirus.
The train departed the Wuhan in the east of China on 9 May, and the train arrived in Beograd on 24 May. This means a lead time of fifteen days. The arrival was ceremonically celebrated in the Beograd station Batalica yesterday, on 27 May.
The service was a cooperation between DBO/Beijing Trans Eurasia Logistics and Metrans, which have a standing record of successful projects in the Central and Eastern European region. During the RailFreight Webinar on Friday 29 May, both parties will be represented, explaining what else they have planned for the region in connection to the New Silk Road.
China to Serbia
The first Chinese container train arrived in Serbia on 24 September 2019. It originated from the city of Jinan, in the province of Shangdong. The journey had taken a month; the train arrived on 24 October at the Novi Beograd (New Belgrade) railway station in Belgrade.
Serbia expressed optimism about its connection with the New Silk Road after the first shipment. “The opening of this rail freight link is significant for us as well as for businesses from the region, as it is an opportunity to export their products to the Chinese market, but also to import goods from China”, said Zorana Mihajlovic, Serbian Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Construction, Transport and Infrastructure last October. Earlier, Serbia shipped single containers to China using railway links that start in neighbouring countries, such as Hungary, Poland and Austria.
On Friday the RailFreight Webinar New Silk Road to Central and Eastern Europe takes place. During this webinar, the impact of the coronavirus on the New Silk Road will be discussed, in particular the connection to the Central and Esastern European (CEE) region. Speakers are Martin Koubek from Metrans, Marcel Stein from DBO Bahnoperator and Ekaterina Kozyreva from the think tank Infrastructure Economics Centre (IEC).
The webinar is from 13.00-14.00 CEST and is free of charge. You can register here.