Slovakia welcomes its first cargo train from China

The journey from China took a fortnight.

Transport Minister Árpád Érsek welcomed the train from China.Transport Minister Árpád Érsek welcomed the train from China. (Source: SITA)

The very first cargo train from China has completed its journey to Slovakia.

The train from the city of Xian arrived at the terminal of the Metrans /Danubia/ company in Dunajská Streda (Trnava Region) on October 3, loaded with 44 containers of electronics, car appliances and ordinary consumer goods. The journey took 14 days, the SITA newswire reported.

If the train’s operation proves successful, this could become a weekly occurrence.

Opportunities for railways

Not only the private company, but also the state-run railway can benefit from the business opportunities, the Transport Ministry informed.

“The advantage is that one such train can operate in several countries in our region and, at the same time, unburden the roads from trucks,” Transport Minister Árpád Érsek (Most-Híd) said, as quoted by SITA.

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Slovakia’s transport capacities are not currently fully used but this route through the country is quick and safe, he added.

Customers in other countries

Dunajská Streda is only one stop for the Chinese containers that travel through Kazakhstan, Russia and the Ukraine. The cargo is reloaded from wide-gauge to European tracks at the terminal in Dobrá, Trebišov district (Košice Region), which is an important point along the transit route, the Transport Ministry added.

The train was added to the existing network of 550 trains that arrive at Metrans every week. A big portion of the cargo is distributed to customers in the Czech Republic, Hungary, Austria and Slovakia, SITA wrote.

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