Release, free for publication at 10 am, 28.9.2017

Whilst opening the Railforum 2017 seminar, the Mayor of Kouvola, Marita Toikka, told that freight container rail transportation from Kouvola, Finland, to Xian, China, will start in week 45.

”Kouvola offers a new concept for logistics: a competitive fast transportation corridor between Asia and Northern Europe, as well as an efficient and modern intermodal terminal, whereby the mode of transport can be flexibly changed. Regular scheduled freight container rail transportation from Kouvola to Xian will start in week 45.”

The new route brings efficiency and a competitive advantage as Kouvola provides the possibility to handle special length freight container trains, over a kilometre long. Rail transportation provides a truly competitive and fast alternative to Asian maritime freight container transportation and opens up completely new opportunities for companies and operators in the sector. With regards to the EU, Kouvola is also Finland’s only rail terminal to belong to the core transportation network.

”The city of Kouvola wants to invest in the logistics sector, especially in the development of railway logistics and will enable it to also grow in the future. We are proud that Kouvola is presently a modern, international freight transportation centre”, Marita Toikka told.

The Railforum 2017 seminar will involve more than 200 people from dozens of countries, as well as hundreds of companies or organizations. Expert speeches and discussions will provide the industry's most up-to-date information on railway hubs, the Railgate Finland transportation corridor between northern Europe and Asia, as well as intermodal and smart logistics.



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