Freight train service from Vietnam to Belgium launched
HANOI — Vietnam Railways (VNR) has added a new rail freight link from Vietnam to Belgium, with the first train departing from Yen Vien station in Hanoi, and expected to arrive in Liege City in Belgium.
Then, containers will be delivered to Rotterdam City in Netherlands by lorry.
VNR said the train carried 23 containers with such goods as textiles, leather and footwear. During its journey, the train will stop at Zhenzhou City of China’s Henan Province and connect to the Asia-Europe train to reach its destination.
According to the corporation, this is the first container freight train operated by Rail Transport and Trade Joint Stock Company (Ratraco) in conjunction with transport firms from other countries providing logistics services to customers from Vietnam to the target destination.
Currently, VNR is providing freight train services between Vietnam and China and transiting to Russia, Europe, Asean and Central Asian countries. The firm provides full logistics services to customers.
Nguyen Hoang Thanh, deputy director general of Ratraco, said that the successful organization of the train from Vietnam to Belgium would open up rail transport routes going deeper into Europe, in addition to the existing ones to Germany and Poland.
“Currently, Ratraco and its European partner plan to organize eight trips per month departing from Vietnam,” Thanh said, adding that the total estimated time for the entire journey is 25 to 27 days.
In the context of the COVID-19 pandemic, international maritime transport is facing difficulties, rail service is being sought by many customers to transport goods from Vietnam to China and from there on to Europe.
With the advantage of an efficient international rail connection system and trains arriving at destination stations on time with reasonable costs, intermodal rail transport is thriving.