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Train departs Chengdu with 40 containers bound for Milan

A new rail journey began two days ago when the first ever regular westbound train to directly link China with Italy left the Chinese city of Chengdu on Saturday morning.

The train is due to arrive at Contship Italia’s Rail Hub Milano (RHM) terminal in 18 days’ time.

The train service is planned to be the first ever regular rail connection linking Italy to China and is operated by Far East Land Bridge Company (FELB) – initially operating every second week, and weekly in the near future.

It is heading to Melzo Rail Hub, Contship’s rail terminal situated in the east of Milan, carrying 40 containers.

The train will travel more than 10,000 km, crossing m eight countries on its journey, including Kazakhstan, Russia, Belarus, Poland and Austria, before reaching Italy.

Due to the difference between European/Chinese and Russian rail gauges, the train will undergo two technical transfers; one on the boundary between Alashankou/Dostyk, and one in Brest/Malaszewicze.

Sam Chambers

Starting out with the Informa Group in 2000 in Hong Kong, Sam Chambers became editor of Maritime Asia magazine as well as East Asia Editor for the world’s oldest newspaper, Lloyd’s List. In 2005 he pursued a freelance career and wrote for a variety of titles including taking on the role of Asia Editor at Seatrade magazine and China correspondent for Supply Chain Asia. His work has also appeared in The Economist, The New York Times, The Sunday Times and The International Herald Tribune.
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