TransContainer pilot train traveling from China to Slovakia has arrived at Dunajská Streda terminal, in southern Slovakia.
The train was dispatched from Xinzhu station in Xian, crossing Kazakhstan, via Khorgos/Altynkol border-crossing point, and arrived in Russia after 10 days. The train has passed the Russian-Ukrainian border two days later, arriving in Slovakia at the end of September.
The containers were transshipped at Dobra terminal for further dispatch on narrow-gauge lines to Dunajská Streda, and from this terminal, the goods are distributed to the consignees’ destinations in the Czech Republic, Hungary, Austria and Germany.
The train carried household appliances, clothes and auto parts.
In the first week of October, the train was sent back to China from Budapest, via Dobra, in Slovakia. The set of freight cars will be used in a round-trip which makes the route significantly more cost-efficient.
TransContainer is negotiating with Chinese partners to evaluate the results of the pilot project and it is expected to launch a regular service.
“This is a pilot block train dispatched by TransContainer on the China-Europe route, via Dobra terminal in Slovakia. The characteristics of the pilot train traffic over the route and our partner’s support have already shown that the parties are highly interested in the service and there is market necessity in such alternative container service,” Pavel Shanaytsa, TransContainer Europe Managing Director said.