New International Freight Service Maiden Trip to Deliver Goods to Russia
On Wednesday morning, a giant block train left Dalian in Northeast China’s Liaoning province and is heading for Kaluga in Russia. This will be the first and maiden trip of the new international freight service that carries 100 standard containers that are packed with good provided by Samsung Electronics that arrived in Dalian Port from South Korea. the freight train is expected to take half the time as a conventional maritime service in reaching its destination. The train will arrive Manzhouli, a border city in China in Inner Mongolia Autonomous region.
The train’s departure marked the launch of new international logistics channel that is jointly developed by China, Russia ad South Korea that will help them diversify regional trade and multi model transportation. The deputy general manager of Dalian Jiyi Logistics co. a subsidiary of Dalian Port Group Co. stated that even with the cost of the new sea-railway service is same to maritime delivery, it takes 20 days lesser in delivering goods to its destinations in Europe and Russia. Other major companies including Toyota Motor Corp. LG Electronics, Honda Motors Co. and Daimler AG are already planning to use the service. To accommodate the number of delivery Dalian Port will be building three more sea-railway channels that will allow direct connections to Europe.
Dalian port will not only connect Pusan port in South Korea but several major ports including in Japan, some Southeast Asian Countries in delivering mutli model transportation service. Considered are Northeast China’s cross borer frontier point, Dalian Port is dealing with 90 percent of the foreign trade goods. It also services 107 domestic and international shipping lanes that connect to 320 major ports around the world as the port handles more than 440 million metric tons of goods.
The Belt and Road Initiative that was proposed by China in 2013, is a trade and infrastructure network which includes the Silk Road Economic Belt and the 21st Century Maritime Silk Road. The planned network will connect Asia, Africa, Europe and passes through 60 other countries and regions. As more products and parts are expected to be shipped to Russia and Europe using this route, South Korean companies is seeking investment opportunities and is more inclined in establishing regional headquarters and manufacturing facilities in China and Europe.