First train completes Dalian-Kaluga run on New Silk Road route

Dalian-Kaluga: The first freight train to make the journey along the latest New Silk Road intermodal route between Dalian in China’s northeast Lianoning province and the Russian town of Kaluga (150km south west of Moscow) reached its destination yesterday, nine days after setting off. The train was carrying 100 standard containers packed with goods produced by Samsung Electronics in South Korea.
Although the cost of the new service is about the same as by the conventional maritime route, it cuts about three weeks off the journey time, according to Dou Guangpeng, deputy-general manager of Dalian Port Group subsidiary Dalian Jiyi Logistics Co Ltd.
Its arrival marked the opening of a new international logistics channel jointly developed by China, South Korea and Russia with Dalian Port planning to open three more ‘sea-rail channels’ to Europe. As Northeast China’s cross-border frontier entry point, Dalian Port deals with around 90% of the region’s exports.
Daimler AG, LG Electronics, Toyota Motor Corp and Honda Motor Co, are also believed to be looking to use the service.

Source: chinadaily