New China-Italy rail connection

Lugo - Rail Cargo Operator (RCO), the intermodal division of Austria’s Rail Cargo Group (RCG), specializing in frequent long-distance connections, handled its first rail link between Taiyuan, in China’s Shanxi province, and Lugo, located near Ravenna, Italy, on behalf of China Container Transportation Corporation (CRCT)

Lugo - Rail Cargo Operator (RCO), the intermodal division of Austria’s Rail Cargo Group (RCG), specializing in frequent long-distance connections, handled its first rail link between Taiyuan, in China’s Shanxi province, and Lugo, located near Ravenna, Italy, on behalf of China Container Transportation Corporation (CRCT).

The train, transporting 41 containers, started off from China traveling about 10,400 kilometres through Kazakhstan, Russia, Belarus, Poland, the Czech Republic and Austria before arriving in Italy at the Lugo Terminal.

Given the success of this link, the Austrian railway group aims to establish regular rail transport services between China and Italy starting next year: “Our plan,” explained the managing director of Rail Cargo Operator, Tufan Khalaji, “is to strengthen our activities at the Lugo Terminal, which plays a significant role in our transport links throughout Italy, and through which we’re already covering northern Italy with regular rail links.” Khalaji stressed that the Lugo Terminal is ideally located, allowing quick deliveries by truck, as well as frequent rail connections with southern Italy via Bari.

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