GTS Rail, a subsidiary of the Estonian logistics company GTS Express, signed a cooperation contract with Xian International Inland Port Multimodal Transportation Co. Ltd. for the promotion of railway transport. In the framework of this agreement, initially two trains per week should arrive from Xian to Muuga starting from June 2018. The number of trains could be increased at a later date.
This project is part of an effort to bring the Chinese Belt and Road Initiative to Estonia. Under the contract, the Chinese side agreed to expand subsidies also to the Estonian route.
“The new trade route is of critically great significance, as it is twice or up to three times as fast as the seaway. This will give Estonian and European Union goods to China and goods from there to here a new, fast and effective transport possibility and revive Estonia as a historic transit country,” the company said.