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Amsterdam Container Terminal connects with Silk Road

A new direct connection has been launched between Amsterdam Container Terminal and Yiwu in China

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The first train set off on its 11,000 kilometre, 16-day journey on 7 March 2018 from the intermodal railhead at Amsterdam Container Terminal to the trading hub of Yiwu in Zhejiang province. Reflecting The Netherlands’ diverse export market, it carried a variety of Dutch-made machinery, mineral fuels, pharmaceuticals, technical equipment and chemicals.

Terminal and logistics services for the new rail connection are provided by TMA Logistics, a joint venture between Hutchison Ports and TMA Holdings. Commenting on the new connection, Gerben Matroos, Managing Director of TMA Logistics, said: “Amsterdam Container Terminal provides a unique location as the start and end-point for this important overland connection with China. TMA Logistics is well placed to serve both current and new multimodal markets and to provide and extend full supply chain services.

Train ready to depart ACT Amsterdam
Train ready to depart ACT Amsterdam

"The intermodal connections we have by road, barge, short sea shipping and the railhead at Amsterdam Container Terminal make it the ideal gateway for this traffic, enabling us to collect and distribute goods across North Europe and UK for transport by rail to and from China.”

The railhead at Amsterdam Container Terminal has three 700m long tracks which offer a range of intermodal distribution options, now including direct connections with China.

The Silk Road service is operated by NUNNER Logistics, an agent of the Austrian-based Rail Cargo Group, which now operates in 25 locations across Europe.

 

Poster’s comment: Mr Matroos’ remark about ACT being a potential shortsea-rail turning point for UK-China Silk Road connections is interesting. A direct train via the Channel tunnel requires a technical stop in Duisburg to change to/from multifret/megafret wagons as well as two more loco changes.

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