New China train from Nanjing rolls into GVT terminal of Tilburg
On Friday 4 June, the first train from Nanjing in China arrived in the Dutch hub of Tilburg. Under the presence of several officials, it rolled into the terminal of logistics company GVT in the afternoon, after a 3-week journey. It is the start of a new regular line between the countries.
Nanjing lies in the Chinese province of Jiangsu, located in the delta area of Yangtze River. The region was one of the first to operate block trains on the New Silk Road. Jiangsu has tight bonds with the North Brabant region in the Netherlands, but until now freight traffic mostly occurs via sea. This is the first rail freight service from the province to the Netherlands.
Watch the video of the train that arrives in Tilburg:
Not a newcomer
Tilburg is not a newcomer to the New Silk Road. GVT has been operating the direct line to and from Chengdu since 2016. In Chengdu, it has also established the Holland Pavilion, an eastwards gateway where Dutch businesses can present their products to the Chinese market. In Tilburg, the line is extends to the port of Rotterdam.
The Dutch province of North-Brabant, where Tilburg is situated and the Chinese province of Jiangsu are sister provinces. They collaborate in the fields of technology innovation, biomedicine and intelligent logistics. According to the customs data in 2020, the total import and export between China and the Netherlands was 91.7 billion USD, of which Jiangsu contributed approximately 20 per cent.