Slovakia connects to China with new route via Ukraine

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Slovakia connects to China with new route via Ukraine

October 22, 2019 - 13:23
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Metrans has launched a new regular rail freight service from the Chinese city of Xi’an to Dunajska Streda, near Bratislava in the west of Slovakia.

The train runs via Dobra and firstly arrived in the Slovak terminal on Wednesday 3 October, where it was immediately forwarded to the final terminals of Prague, Ceska Trebova, Budapest and Krems.

The total transit time of the journey from Xian to Dobra in Slovakia was fourteen days and the train consisted of 44 40ft containers for different clients, and with different cargo. This included LCL shipments, said Martin Koubek, business development director – Silk Road at Metrans. BTE provided the traction to the Slovak terminal, whereas the final rail leg was carried out by DBO Bahnoperator. The service runs once per week in one direction; the empty containers will be transported to Budapest, where they will be shipped to Xiamen in China.

The final rail terminals are in most cases not more than 150km away from Dunajska Streda. “Clients using this service could enjoy delivery through the whole CEE region and Metrans terminal network. It is also appreciated by the governments of the respective countries as we do not need to resort to trucking for long distances.”

Metrans also runs a weekly train from Xi’an to Ceska Trebova, its terminal in Czechia. This service runs via Poland and enters Europe at the border Malaszewicze-Brest. This is the regular route on the Eurasian corridor.