Vietnam opens rail link to Belgium on China-Europe railway line

Vietnam Railways on July 20 announced it opened a new freight rail link from its capital Hanoi to Belgium in the European Union which will run on the world’s longest train track, the China-Europe Railway Express.

The trains will carry containers with goods such as electronics, textile and footwear to be unloaded in the Belgian city of Liege and then to be carried by lorries to the Dutch port city of Rotterdam.

The container trains will follow the route of the southern China-Europe connection. Starting from Hanoi’s Yen Vien station, they will travel to Zhenzhou in China’s Henan Province and then follow the Belt & Road train connection across Central Asia on a trip over more than 12,000 kilometers.

Railway line across Central Asia

The train will leave China at the Alataw Pass in the Xinjiang Uyghur Autonomous Region, one of the country’s major rail gateways, then cross into Kazakhstan, traversing the vast northern deserted plains of the country and reach the Russian border at Kazakhstan’s northwestern city of Yaysan. From there, the track continues via Samara to Moscow and from there runs across Belarus to Warsaw in Poland and Berlin in Germany to reach its final destination in Belgium.

The container freight train is operated by Vietnam’s Rail Transport and Trade Joint Stock Company, or Ratraco, in conjunction with transport firms from other countries providing logistics services to customers from Vietnam to the target destination.

“Currently, Ratraco and its European partner plan to organise eight trips per month departing from Vietnam,” Nguyen Hoang Thanh, deputy director-general of Ratraco, said, adding that the total estimated time for the entire journey was 25 to 27 days.

Covid-19 has increased demand for rail freight

He noted that in times of the Covid-19 pandemic, international maritime transport is facing difficulties, and rail service is being sought by many customers to transport goods from Vietnam to China and from there on to Europe.

The China-Europe Railway Express in particular has played a more important role since the onset of the pandemic, experiencing a total of 12,406 trips made between China and Europe in 2020, a figure exceeding 10,000 for the first time. Last year, Zhengzhou – which serves as a central transport hub in the country – saw 1,126 trips along its section of the China-Europe Railway Express, a year-on-year increase of 13 per cent with a total cargo value amounting to some $4.3 billion, up by 27 per cent, while the overall cargo weight grew by 31 per cent to reach 721,100 tonnes.



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Vietnam Railways on July 20 announced it opened a new freight rail link from its capital Hanoi to Belgium in the European Union which will run on the world’s longest train track, the China-Europe Railway Express. The trains will carry containers with goods such as electronics, textile and footwear to be unloaded in the Belgian city of Liege and then to be carried by lorries to the Dutch port city of Rotterdam. The container trains will follow the route of the southern China-Europe connection. Starting from Hanoi’s Yen Vien station, they will travel to Zhenzhou in China’s Henan Province and...

Vietnam Railways on July 20 announced it opened a new freight rail link from its capital Hanoi to Belgium in the European Union which will run on the world’s longest train track, the China-Europe Railway Express.

The trains will carry containers with goods such as electronics, textile and footwear to be unloaded in the Belgian city of Liege and then to be carried by lorries to the Dutch port city of Rotterdam.

The container trains will follow the route of the southern China-Europe connection. Starting from Hanoi’s Yen Vien station, they will travel to Zhenzhou in China’s Henan Province and then follow the Belt & Road train connection across Central Asia on a trip over more than 12,000 kilometers.

Railway line across Central Asia

The train will leave China at the Alataw Pass in the Xinjiang Uyghur Autonomous Region, one of the country’s major rail gateways, then cross into Kazakhstan, traversing the vast northern deserted plains of the country and reach the Russian border at Kazakhstan’s northwestern city of Yaysan. From there, the track continues via Samara to Moscow and from there runs across Belarus to Warsaw in Poland and Berlin in Germany to reach its final destination in Belgium.

The container freight train is operated by Vietnam’s Rail Transport and Trade Joint Stock Company, or Ratraco, in conjunction with transport firms from other countries providing logistics services to customers from Vietnam to the target destination.

“Currently, Ratraco and its European partner plan to organise eight trips per month departing from Vietnam,” Nguyen Hoang Thanh, deputy director-general of Ratraco, said, adding that the total estimated time for the entire journey was 25 to 27 days.

Covid-19 has increased demand for rail freight

He noted that in times of the Covid-19 pandemic, international maritime transport is facing difficulties, and rail service is being sought by many customers to transport goods from Vietnam to China and from there on to Europe.

The China-Europe Railway Express in particular has played a more important role since the onset of the pandemic, experiencing a total of 12,406 trips made between China and Europe in 2020, a figure exceeding 10,000 for the first time. Last year, Zhengzhou – which serves as a central transport hub in the country – saw 1,126 trips along its section of the China-Europe Railway Express, a year-on-year increase of 13 per cent with a total cargo value amounting to some $4.3 billion, up by 27 per cent, while the overall cargo weight grew by 31 per cent to reach 721,100 tonnes.



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