The first China-Europe container block train under the new China Railway Express brand arrived in Warsaw on Monday. The freight train set off 12 days ago from Chengdu, the capital of Sichuan Province in Central China. The ceremony was attended by Polish and Chinese Presidents, Andrzej Duda and Xi Jinping.
The train consisting of 22 platform wagons (80′ containers) transported electronics goods and auto parts to PKP Cargo Terminal in Warsaw.
“Depending on the dynamics of the rail link development with China, we will invest in rolling stock and infrastructure to manage this traffic. Currently, we receive 15 modern multi-system locomotives for handling international transport orders, we will also invest in platforms for the transport of containers”, said Maciej Libiszewski, president of PKP CARGO. “Poland can play an important role in the development of the New Silk Road. It promotes our geographical location, thanks to which we could become an international trade hub between China and Western Europe. This is an opportunity for PKP CARGO Group, of which we want to benefit”, he added.
Intermodal transport is one of the fastest growing segments of rail freight services in Poland. Practically, all containers carried by rail from China to Europe pass through the logistics center in Małaszewicze, located near the Polish-Belarusian border. It is strategically located facility, belonging to PKP CARGO Group. There the transshipment of containers to standard-gauge wagons is carried out, containers which can then directly reach Germany, the Netherlands, the Czech Republic or Austria.