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RCG further expands its position on the Silk Road


  • Goods from Central Europe delivered directly by train for the first time from Budapest to the Chinese region of Hunan
  • Transports from Budapest to the Port of Piraeus and on to China with COSCO now daily

The Rail Cargo Group is continuing its strategy of internationalisation and consistently expanding its position on the Silk Road. In line with this, the first transcontinental container train, bound for the Hunan province in China, recently set off from the RCG terminal BILK. In addition, the collaboration with COSCO will be further intensified. From now on, daily goods trains will ply between Budapest and the Greek Port of Piraeus.

One Belt, One Road as the driver for overland transports

With the revitalisation of traffic flows along the Trans-Siberian and Asian route, the Eurasian land bridge is noted for its enormously high potential. Over 95 percent of the current freight volume between Asia and Europe is transported on the international sea lanes by container ship. The Silk Road initiative “One Belt, One Road” will sustainably strengthen the rail transport of goods in the Eurasian corridor, and will therefore be a meaningful complement to the maritime connections via European ports. 

Chinese delegation visits the BILK terminal

On the occasion of the summit of the premiers in Budapest for the “One belt, one road” initiative, the first transcontinental container train carrying Central European goods to the Hunan province, embarked on its journey from the Rail Cargo Terminal - BILK. The Xiang Ou Express carries 45 containers loaded with products such as Hungarian food, household appliances and spare parts for the automotive industry to the city of Changsa in China’s Hunan province. This train is therefore an important addition to the existing connections between Budapest and China via the transcontinental Silk Road. This new connection opens a further chapter in RCG’s expansion to its business in Asia.

High-ranking guests, including HE Baoxiang, Vice Governor of Hunan Province and his 20-member delegation, as well as László Mosóczi, deputy Secretary of State for Transport in Hungary and Rail Cargo Group Board Member Erik Regter were present in person when the first train to China entered operations.

Daily trains between Budapest and the Greek Port of Piraeus

Transports between Central Europe and the Port of Piraeus are booming: By autumn 2017, the Rail Cargo Group had already transported 200 trains from Piraeus via the Balkans route to Budapest in close co-operation with the major Chinese shipping line COSCO. The frequency is now being increased to daily trains. The Rail Cargo Group supports the strategy of internationalisation beyond Europe’s borders with a growing range of railway logistics services to the Far East and Central Asia.