Riga as multimodal hub for east-west traffic
A new Europe to China container service has been established by Transcontainer and Gefco. The first blocktrain, which formed one link in a multimodal shipment on the 7,400 km long route from Duisburg (Germany) to Kashgar (China) via Rotterdam, Riga, Posin, Iletsk 1 and Dostyk/Alashankou, has already been dispatched from Riga. The train will be en route for twelve to fourteen days.
Transcontainer-owned containers were released at depots in Duisburg and Dusseldorf (Germany), taken by barge to Rotterdam, and then forwarded by a short sea service to Riga. Overseas transport was provided by Gefco, and Transcontainer is responsible for rail transport from Riga to Kashgar station. (ben)