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Container train China – Czechia in record time 15.11.2012 00:05

St. Gallen, 13 November. On 9 November, after merely 16 days, the pilot container block train from Wuhan in Central China reached its destination, Pardubice in Czechia, safely and on time.

CRIMT (China Railway Intermodal Transport) had dispatched the pilot train on 24 October with 50 x 40’ containers filled with computer parts. The route ran from China via Kazakhstan, Russia, Belarus and Poland to Czechia. The train operator from the Chinese-Kazakh border to its European destination was the Swiss-based company InterRail Holding AG. During the process and organisation, incl. door-to-door solutions, InterRail was actively supported by its Russian subsidiary, InterRail Trans Siberian Express Service, as well as the Polish InterRail-Polcont, and its offices in China.

“The record journey time of this container train was achieved thanks to close international cooperation, innovative logistics, and modern IT usage at the border crossings”, explained Hans Reinhard, Chairman of InterRail Holding AG, right after the train had arrived at its destination. “I am particularly happy”, he said, “that with the successful realisation of this project, the cooperation between our Group and CRIMT, the container operator of the Chinese Railways, once again had proved to be effective. In addition, what also contributed to the success was our cooperation with the Kazakh Railways KTZ, for whom we are a global partner with regard to the realisation of the ‘New Silk Road’ project.” At the same time, Reinhard mentioned the close cooperation of the company with other partners of the project: “The Kazakh container operator Kedentransservice, as well as RZD, BCH, PKP and CD and Express Interfreight Brno, responsible for the train carriage on its last stretch, from Malaszewicze to Pardubice, were not only important, but also very constructive key players”.

Howard Lamb, CEO of the InterRail Group, underlined the significance this train had for continuing the project ‘New Silk Road’ between China and Europe. “With this train, we were able to gather new experience for the development of the ‘electronic train’, of which our Group is an initiator. The use of electronic advance information for customs and border controls very much contributed to the record time, accelerating the passing of border controls”, said Lamb. The average speed of the train was altogether 700 km per day. Reloading at the Chinese-Kazakh border in Alashankou/Dostyk only took 10 hours. There, only 1.5 hours were necessary for the release of the train. “Prospective, interested customers will certainly analyse in detail these and other excellent performances of the pilot train from Central China to mid-Europe. In any event, the performances established new measures; they demonstrate how closer cooperation and technological innovation enhance competitiveness”.

For further queries, please contact:

Deborah Mueller, Public Relations
InterRail Holding AG
Winkelriedstrasse 19
CH-9000 St.Gallen
Tel.: +41 71 227 15 63 / Fax: +41 71 227 15 30
Email: Deborah.Mueller@interrail.ag