GEFCO dispatches first container train from China to France
The logistics company GEFCO, a subsidiary of Russian Railways, has organised the
first run of a container train with a full load from China to France.
The train delivered 40-foot containers for the French automotive concern Groupe
PSA/Peugeot Citroën Automobiles from Wuhan in China to Durge in the north of
France, a distance of 11,000 km.
The train departed from Wuhan on 3 November 2017 and crossed Kazakhstan, Russia
After passing through customs, the goods were delivered directly to PSA’s
subsidiary factory Française de Mécanique in Douvrin in the north of
On part of the route the train ran on the broad gauge 1520 mm track from Dostyk
station in Kazakhstan to Brest station in Belarus and was operated by JSC United Transport
and Logistics Company, a subsidiary of OJSC Russian Railways. It then proceeded through
Poland and Germany before arriving at the terminal in the town of Dourges in France
on 22 November 2017.
The dispatch of this first container train took place within the framework of the
Chinese initiative "One Belt, One Road, which is aimed at taking advantage of the
advantages provided by the New Silk Road route connecting China and Europe.