tea train

A special train customised for local tea merchants in Shengzhou has transported 100 TEU of tea and tea products from Yiwu Xi station in China to Korgas for onward rail transport to Toshkent in Uzbekistan, where the containers arrived 10 days later. Shengzhou produces 60% of China’s exports of gunpowder tea.

Operail Finland

The Operail group was restructured from July 1. AS Operail now only provides rail freight transport services in Estonia, with all the other business activities transferred to the newly created Operail Holding, including leasing and maintenance activities in Estonia and the leasing and operating businesses in Finland.


Russian Railways has launched a corporate acceleration programme to support start-ups looking to optimise logistics processes, reduce costs, introduce advanced digital technologies, automate processes and improve security. Applications will be accepted until September 1, with the most promising ideas to be presented at a demonstration day and potentially offered long-term co-operation with RZD.


OmniTRAX has promoted Brian Ward, President of its Winchester & Western Railroad, to Senior Vice-President of Marketing, Development & Transload. Jeff Goutcher has joined from Florida Gulf & Atlantic Railroad as Senior Vice-President of Sales.

Vietnam’s state railway DSVN has despatched a train from Yen Vien with 23 containers of textiles, leather and footwear bound for Zhenzhou in China and then Liège in Belgium, from where the goods will transported to Rotterdam by road. t is the first container train operated by Rail Transport & Trade in partnership with transport operators in other countries, and Ratraco plans to organise eight departures per month with a transit time of 25 to 27 days.

Chemical company Arkema is using Nexxiot’s IoT devices and intelligent cloud technology to track its wagons and Isotank tank containers, and work is underway to support predictive services.

China Railway Express has sent a train with 50 containers of medical supplies including sterile syringes from Taiyuan to Paris. This was first CRE service operated by China Railway Taiyuan Group from China to France, and ran via Mongolia, Russia, Belarus, Poland and Germany covering 11 000 km in 20 days.