The Kouvola logistics terminal in Finland made history in November, as a new rail container connection to China was opened. It is clear that this new rail connection will create new business opportunities for the Finnish exports. It will also bring Far East Asia and Europe closer together in a forward-looking manner.
The first export train from Kouvola headed toward Xian on 10 November 2017 and the second will do the same on 14 December 2017. The first import train has left Xian for Kouvola on 29 November 2017 and the second has been scheduled to leave on 20 December 2017. The total capacity of the train consists of 41 containers of 40 feet. The trains operating on the route as well as the containers are owned by the Kazakh rail company KTZ, the aim of which is to begin regular weekly export and import connections during next January-February.
The demand for the transport on these trains has been high, and the first export train which carried, for instance, 40 container loads of forestry and mechanical industry machinery, was fully booked long before its departure.
The city of Kouvola in south-eastern Finland already hosts the country’s biggest railway logistics terminal and rail yard for handling cargo. In the container yard, it is possible to handle, for example, trailers, reefers and project cargo. Plans have been made to develop the local railway and road freight terminal into an important logistics centre.
The new rail connection will bring clear business opportunities for the Finnish exports and imports – and in future also for transit transport, for example, for the exports of imports of other Nordic countries.