Rail freight at the Cabooter Group terminal in Venlo. Photo: Cabooter Group

First freight service connecting Zhejiang province to the Netherlands

Rail freight at the Cabooter Group terminal in Venlo. Photo: Cabooter Group

The first freight train linking the Chinese province of Zhejiang with the Netherlands is underway. The service will have freight trains departing from Jinhua with Venlo as its final destination.

Han Zhou, the co-founder of HIGO GMBH, pointed out that, starting this month, the service will be regularly scheduled for two trips every month. The service is expected to help boost the trade of textile goods from China to the Netherlands.

Jinhua-Venlo route

The first train left on 20 July, loaded with 100 cargo containers carrying roughly 3 million euros worth of goods. It is expected to reach Venlo on 6 August, for a total journey of 18 days, as Zhou stated. The trains will be operated by HIGO GMBH. From Jinhua, it will go through Alashankou, Kazaksitan, Belarus, Poland, and finally, reach Venlo.

The train will go back to Jinhua carrying Dutch-made goods, including newsprint, electronic devices, and medical equipment. Moreover, according to the China Railway Shanghai Bureau Group Co Ltd, the inauguration trip marked the 400th China-Europe freight departed to Jinhua.

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Author: Marco Raimondi

Marco Raimondi is an editor of RailFreight.com, the online magazine for rail freight professionals.

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