First rail service China-Netherlands using U West service launched

Rotterdam, September 29. The first rail shuttle between China and the Netherlands is a fact. The service was launched in June, and now the Chengdu-Tilburg-Rotterdam-Express is in full operation. At the moment, this is a weekly service, however, it’s to run the service five times a week as of late next year.


The Chengdu-Tilburg-Rotterdam-Express reaches its destination 'door-to-door' in 15 days including 5 days through Kazakhstan, Russia and Belorussia. This part of route is Uwest service effected by United Transport and Logistics Company.

Chengdu offers railway connections to Chinese cities, such as Shanghai, Ningbo, Wuhan, Yiwu, Xiamen, Shenzhen, Nanning and Kunming, as well as to Vietnam and South Korea.

"A great development," Allard Castelein, CEO of the Port of Rotterdam Authority adds. "By sea, Rotterdam is already the most important European destination of Chinese cargo. Thanks to this shuttle, we are now also adding a fast connection by land. We strongly believe in this concept, partly because a large part of Europe can efficiently be reached via the excellent short sea connections from Rotterdam. And vice versa, of course.”