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Mail sent from China to Europe becomes a new point of traffic growth for UTLC ERA

In April 2020, the first few full-length mail container trains started their scheduled runs between China and Europe. Since then, 16 mail trains in total have passed through UTLC ERA’s services carrying 1,704 TEUs of mail.

“Due to the limitations imposed on the air freight, the railway channel offered by UTLC ERA started fulfilling the strategic role of a reliable link between China and Europe for uninterrupted mail delivery,” says Alexey Grom, UTLC ERA’s CEO.

The main cities where the mail container trains are formed in China are Chongqìng, Yiwu, Zhengzhou and Dongguan.

On their way from China the trains pass through Kazakhstan, Russia and Belarus.

The average transit time over the 1,520 mm infrastructure from the Chinese border to the EU border is 4.9 days.

Another 3 trains are in transit at the moment, carrying mail from China to France, Lithuania and Spain.

“Seamless freight transportation, including mail transportation, is one of the main technological challenges that the Eurasian rail network faces now. That is why, together with our shareholders and partners, UTLC ERA is currently in the process of creating a common information space serving railway transit of container trains.

We have also presented the Universal Postal Union with several ideas on how to reduce the paper document flow accompanying transportation of mail over railways. We are hoping for their positive feedback and new orders for transit,” notes Alexey Grom, UTLC ERA’s CEO.