Contargo starts off eastbound Valenciennes-China services

Contargo North France takes the next step and commences eastbound export services from its terminal in Valenciennes towards China. After a year of successful westbound connections, the container transport company feels confident to deploy the barge/rail Silk Road concept in the opposite direction.

“In collaboration with our colleagues from the other Contargo sites and our Chinese and European partners, we offer a relevant and effective transport alternative between China and Europe. With this, we meet the wishes of some major importers from the region,” said Gilbert Bredel, manager of Contargo North France.

However, now the company will also focus on the export needs of Northern France shippers and the transportation of their containers towards China with immediate effect. As Contargo mentioned, it can also handle customs matters in Valenciennes, making transportation processes easier for its customers.

Barge and rail

Contargo and Valenciennes have been part of the New Silk Road for slightly over a year. Contargo applies a unique concept in Eurasian transport since, between Germany and Valenciennes, cargo is transported by vessels and not trains. Specifically, containers transported by train from China reach the Duisburg intermodal terminal in Germany. There, they are loaded on vessels and travel to France.

“Container transport by rail and inland shipping to and from China is a serious alternative to sea transport. It only takes half the time. Containers from China arrive in Valenciennes in less than 20 days. Contargo has an officially recognised customs warehouse at the terminal in Valenciennes and can handle all customs matters for end customers in France,” explained the company.

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Author: Nikos Papatolios

Nikos Papatolios is editor of, the online magazine for rail freight professionals.

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