On Monday, June 20th at the PKP CARGO Group handling terminal in Warsaw stopped the Chinese container train, which comes to Europe for the first time under a unified brand: China Railway Express. The President of the People's Republic of China Xi Jinping, President of Poland Andrzej Duda and Minister of infrastructure and construction Andrzej Adamczyk were present at the event.
The train from China to Warsaw departed from Chengdu, a metropolis in the Sichuan province in central China with more than ten million of inhabitants. The train consisting of 22 modern 80-foot six-axle container platforms type Sggrs was run by a modernized locomotive EU07. Two 40-feet containers can be loaded on each of these wagons; they are mostly used in the transport of goods by rail from China. Among the articles carried were electronics and auto parts.
- Depending on the dynamics of development of the rail link with China, we will invest in the rolling stock and the infrastructure to support these traffic services. Currently we receive 15 modern multi-system locomotives for connections abroad, we will also invest in platforms for the carriage of containers – says Maciej Libiszewski, Chairman of PKP CARGO. - In the development of the New Silk Road, Poland could play an important role. Our geographical position is favorable, thanks to that we could become a hub supporting trade between China and Western Europe. It's an opportunity for PKP CARGO Group that we want to seize - added Maciej Libiszewski
Intermodal transport is one of the fastest growing segments of rail freight services in Poland. Nowadays, virtually all containers transported by rail to Europe from China are passing through the Logistics Center in Małaszewicze, located close to the Belarusian-Polish border. It's a strategically located property, belonging to the PKP CARGO Group. At the site, everything is reloaded on standard gauge wagons, so that the containers may reach directly Germany, the Netherlands, Czech Republic or Austria.
The PKP CARGO Group provides comprehensive service in Europe for such connections from the Belarusian-Polish border. The companies of the Group provide full service within carriage, handling, storage, customs and other formalities. PKP CARGO Group currently realizes about 20 such transports every week.