Chengdu to open its cargo service to Lodz
Chengdu is ready to dispatch its first western China’s cargo train to Lodz, Poland and inaugurate so the fastest cargo connection in between Europe and China. The connection is scheduled to start on April 26.
The service is said to be the fastest cargo train service from western China to Europe, taking only 12-14 days, according to Xinhua’s report. It is also about 20% cheaper than air transport while at the same time contributing to a 95% reduction in CO2 emissions.
The regular train, traveling once a week between the two cities with a distance of more than 10,000 kilometers, cuts the transport time from 40 to 15 days, according to Chengdu Logistics Office. Previously, products made in Chengdu had to be transported to Shenzhen or Shanghai before being shipped to European ports.
The route is 9,826 kilometres long, stretching from Chengdu’s Qingbaijiang Railway Container Terminal via Xinjiang’s border city Alashankou, going through four countries: Kazakhstan, Russian and Belarus to Poland.
The weekly transit will initially be 14 days and will be shortened to 12 days in the future. Shipments can transit via railway or road to other parts of Europe within one to three days.