Thu, 17 Nov 2011: Lithuania-operated cargo train launched on China-EU route…



This cargo’s final destination was the Belgian port of Antwerp. On Oct. 6, Kazakh President Nursultan Nazarbayev and Lithuanian President Dalia Grybauskaite, during her visit to Kazakhstan, agreed to support the launch of the Lithuania-operated shuttle cargo train named Saule (the name means “Sun” in the Lithuanian language and, interestingly enough, “Ray” in the Kazakh language), connecting China with the EU. Saule goes via the territories of China, Kazakhstan, Russia, and Belarus. The latter three countries have a customs union, which makes such transportation quicker and cheaper. Until now almost all goods transported between the EU and Asia have been done by sea. Now there is an attractive alternative. It takes some 40-45 days to transport cargo by sea, while the train route cuts delivery times by... Read the rest of this entry »

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