Use of southern Silk Road cuts transit time
The Railcargo Group (RCG) wants to make greater use of the southern Silk Road for hauling goods by rail between China and Europe. The existing scheduled trains from China to Budapest, and Duisburg (Germany), will stop running along the Belarus-Poland corridor, and begin using the Khorgos-Altynkol border crossing between China and Kazakhstan.
The new southerly route reduces the transit time from 14 to ten days. RCG will collaborate with the Kazakhstan-based rail subsidiary KTZ Express and the Trans-Caspian International Transport Route organisation to operate the new route. A MoU has already been signed for this purpose. (ben)