After its departure from the Netherlands the train will arrive in Yiwu in the east of China, after is has travelled through Germany, Poland, Belarus, Russia and Kazakhstan. The 11.000 km journey by rail will take less than 3 weeks, which is half the time ocean transport takes. Apart from being much cheaper, and also safer, than air freight, rail produces around 20 times less CO2 emission than air freight.
Erik Groot Wassink, Director Special Products at NUNNER Logistics said : “We are proud to add Amsterdam to our China rail network, next to the direct trains we already operate between China and Neuss (D) and Moscow (RUS). This will be a great opportunity for shippers in the Northern part of the Netherlands to have a nearby rail connection to China, saving time, money and carbon footprint”
NUNNER, who is realizing this connection, works closely together with Austria’s “Rail Cargo Group” (Europe’s second largest rail freight operator), with the “Port of Amsterdam” and with the owner of the terminal “TMA Logistics”. NUNNER uses the 550.000m2 terminal of TMA already for storage of steel coming in by ocean and for the on forwarding by barge, rail or truck into Europe and Central Asia.
“This unique new connection is a perfect extension of our terminal activities in Amsterdam” according to Willem Mantel, General Manager of TMA Logistics. “It will make our hub even more interesting. By shortsea and by barge we connect not only Scandinavia and the UK to the China train but also Rotterdam, Antwerp and other parts of the Netherlands and Belgium are connected in a cheap and sustainable way directly to our terminal from where NUNNER’s China train will leave”.
Also for Rail Cargo’s Managing Director Tufan Khalaji the new connection is a valuable expansion of the existing network. He states: “By this new direct connection between Amsterdam and Yiwu we can further optimize the leadtimes to China’s coast. Yiwu is on a distance of only 290 km from Shanghai. Therefore this new connection will be the fastest connection between The Netherlands and the east coast of China.
The new service is part of China’s One Belt, One Road program – reviving the ancient Silk Road trading routes between China and Europe. The original Silk Road derives its name from the lucrative trade in silk carried out along its length, beginning during the Han dynasty (207 BCE – 220 CE).