CJ Speedex establishes freight train route between Finland and China
CJ Speedex, a Chinese subsidiary of CJ Logistics, has succeeded in running a direct freight train from Finland to China, the company announced Tuesday.
CJ Speedex is a logistics joint venture established in 2016 by CJ Logistics and China's TCL Group with the aim of delivering goods door-to-door between Asia and Europe.
The train left Kouvola, Finland, on Oct. 19 carrying 41 forty-foot equivalent unit (FEU), or four-foot container units, of cargo and mainly followed the Trans-Siberian Railway (TSR) to arrive in Yanzhou, China, on Nov. 7. The TSR is a network of railways connecting Moscow and Vladivostok.
The train covered a total of 11,670 kilometers (7,251 miles) in 19 days.
The new service is intended to supply pulp for paper to Chinese manufacturers.
CJ Speedex has been operating freight routes between Europe and China since 2017, but the new Finland route was the company's first attempt to connect to a northern European country.
CJ Speedex said it is currently under discussion with its partner companies to schedule the regular operation of the train.
Last year alone, the company carried a total of 2,956 FEU of cargo between China and Europe.
CJ Speedex said the new freight route will also help to address the imbalance between supply and demand for containers, which have become worse due to the prolonged coronavirus pandemic.
BY CHEA SARAH [firstname.lastname@example.org]