New train connection between Chengdu and Liege16/06/2020

A new train connection is now open between Chengdu (China) and the city of Liège in Belgium. The first container train left Chengdu on May 24th and arrived at the Liège Container Terminal on June 7th, with a transit time of only 14 days. This first train is chartered by Hunicorn; a Chinese Logistics Operator and UK’s Leading Independent Logistics provider Uniserve and will mainly carry PPE’s for the health workers in the UK to support them in their continuous fight against Covid-19. This new structural rail connection adds great value to Liège as a multimodal hub.

The train ran along the New Silk Road from China through Kazakhstan, Russia and Belarus entering the EU at the border crossing Brest – Terespol. After interchange to standard gauge and passing customs procedures the train made its way through Poland and Germany to Belgium, carrying 41 40ft high cube containers. The new block train service will be established as a regular service running twice a week from June 2020. With the block train link to Liège, the Belgian hinterland gains access to quick rail connections from and to China via the New Silk Road, enabling fast container forwarding by rail.

“Today digital trade and e-commerce are becoming an inseparable part of the economy. E-commerce has already improved business value by fundamentally changing the ways products are conceived, marketed and delivered. The real impact is its ability to reduce costs and prices and make doing business more efficient. In this perspective, this new rail freight line between the central China city of Chengdu and Liege completes the range of multimodal freight connections available in Wallonia Region of Belgium, allowing all stakeholders to choose the more suitable logistics solution.”, says Michel Kempeneers, COO Overseas at Wallonia Export – Investment Agency (AWEx).

Bernard Piette, General Manager of Logistics in Wallonia : “Liège has undoubtedly become one of the most important logistic hubs in Western Europe. This is the result of combined efforts from private companies and the public authorities. The range of logistic services available in such a concentrated area is quite unique and this new connection with Chengdu adds one more asset to our connectivity with the rest of the World”.

For Luc Partoune, CEO Liege Airport, this new rail line strengthens Liège as a logistics platform: “After the rail freight connection between Liège and Zhengzhou, this line with Chengdu will increase the flexibility of our offer for importers and European shippers. Trade between Liège and China is increasing very quickly. Although Liege Airport is rooted in air freight, we believe that rail development on our site represents great added value. "

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