CENTRO INTERNAZIONALE STUDI CONTAINERS
ANNO XXXVIII - Numero MAGGIO 2020
HUPAC LAUNCHES NEW CHINA-EUROPE ROUTE: XI'AN-WARSAW
The service Xian-Poland is planned on a weekly basis, the
intermodal operator said. It has chosen Warsaw as a destination, as
it already offers daily connections from there to other European
hubs, such as Duisburg, Antwerp, Rotterdam, but also to markets in
Spain, Italy and Switzerland.
"Hupac has started a new rail freight connection between
the Chinese hub of Xi'an and Warsaw, the capital of Poland. The
first train arrived in the Polish city on 18 April, while the next
train will depart in the couple of weeks from now. The transit time
of the new service is 13 days."
The first Hupac train left Xi'an on 5 April, carrying 48 loading
units containing mainly consumer goods. Most of the containers were
destined for customers in Poland, but some containers also to
Germany, Spain and other destinations in Europe, explained Zhanna
Kargl, head of Shuttle Net North-East Europe. The cargo was picked
up by truck as also send by rail from the terminal in Warsaw."
The company is anticipating cargo destined for different
European markets via Warsaw hub by using the Hupac Group network.
The opening of factories in Italy and Spain could play a role in
demand, Kargl explained. "The closure of these factories has
impacted rail freight volumes over the past weeks. This may now be
Hupac maintains close cooperation with the Xian City Platform.
In 2019 it successfully launched a train between Xian and Milan
(Busto Arsizio). The centrally-located Chinese city is not the only
one on the Hupac map. "We also cooperate with other Chinese
platforms", said Kargl.
In total, the intermodal operator in the period January-May 2020
moved between 300-400 containers coming from China to Europe,
including the 48 x 40'ft containers of the train from Xian to
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