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Port of Rotterdam Authority, GVT and Chengdu work towards higher load factors for freight trains

24 May 2019
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Port of Rotterdam Authority, Tilburg multi-modal terminal operator, GVT, and Chengdu International Railway Port Investment & Development Group have signed a declaration of intent. The objective of the cooperation is to transport more freight via rail between the largest European ports and Chengdu, the capital city of the centrally located Chinese province of Sichuan. The declaration of intent was signed on the day of the 800th journey of a direct freight train connection between China and Rotterdam.

Businessmen shake hands
Photo caption: The declaration of intent was signed by Wil Versteijnen, CEO of GVT (left on the photo), Junbo Zhou, General Manager of Chengdu International Railway Port Investment & Development Group (centre) and Hans Nagtegaal, Director Containers from the Port of Rotterdam Authority (right).

The Chengdu-Tilburg-Rotterdam-Express currently runs three times a week in 15 days via Kazakhstan and Moscow. The load factor during the westward journey from China to the Netherlands is currently extremely high. The load factor on the eastward journey still has around 20% available space, according to GVT. The focus is therefore on better connections with the North American market via the Port of Rotterdam. More shortsea freight can also be transported from the United Kingdom, Ireland, Scandinavia and the Baltic States via rail to the Far East.