A new rail service connecting Amsterdam in the Netherlands and Yiwu in China has been launched as part of the One Belt One Road initiative.
The service will link Yiwu in China’s Zhejiang province, in the east of country, with Hutchison Port’s Amsterdam Container Terminal.
The service’s first train left Amsterdam for its 11,000 km, 16-day journey at the beginning of March, carrying a variety of Dutch-made products including pharmaceuticals and chemicals.
TMA Logistics will provide terminal and logistics services for the new connection and the company’s managing director, Gerben Matroos, said Amsterdam provided a unique location as both a start-point and an end-point for the service.
Matroos said: “The intermodal connections we have by road, barge, short sea shipping and the railhead at Amsterdam Container Terminal make it the ideal gateway for this traffic, enabling us to collect and distribute goods across North Europe and UK for transport by rail to and from China.”
This new service is operated by Nunner Logistics, an agent of the Austrian-based Rail Cargo Company.
Amsterdam Container Terminal has three 700 m rail tracks and three multi-purpose deep water terminals which have a depth of 15 m and cover a total length of 1,015 m.