Dutch city of Tilburg sees "golden opportunity" in direct Chengdu rail link

Authors: Xinhuanet


A new direct rail link from Chengdu to Tilburg, the sixth largest city and the second largest logistics hotspot in the Netherlands, is being seen as a "golden opportunity."
Chengdu is 10,947 km away in China's southwest Sichuan Province. The latest alternative logistics service is growing in popularity and promises broadened industrial cooperation between the two cities.
The service, launched in June last year, now has three trains westbound and three trains eastbound per week. "We plan to have five trains westbound and five trains eastbound by the end of this year," Roland Verbraak, general manager of the GVT Group of Logistics told Xinhua.
GVT, a 60-year-old family company, is the Dutch partner of CDIRS Chengdu International Railway Services.
Various rail freight services along three main routes with 43 transit hubs on the network are currently in operation or under planning.
For the Chengdu-Tilburg link, trains travel through China, Kazakhstan, Russia, Belarus, Poland and Germany before reaching RailPort Brabant, a terminal located in Tilburg and owned by GVT.
Cargo coming from China is mostly electronics for multinational groups such as Sony, Samsung, Dell and Apple as well as products for European aerospace industry. Some 70 percent of them go to the Netherlands and the rest are delivered by barge or by train to other destinations in Europe, according to GVT.
Cargo going to China includes auto spare parts for big manufacturers in China, new cars and food articles such as wine, cookies, chocolate.
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