Amsterdam Container Terminal connects with Silk Road

The first train set off on a 11,000 km, 16-day journey on Mar 7 from Amsterdam Container Terminal to Yiwu. It carried a variety of Dutch-made machinery, mineral fuels, pharmaceuticals, technical equipment and chemicals.

Terminal and logistics services for the new rail connection are provided by TMA Logistics, a joint venture between HIT and TMA Holdings. Gerben Matroos, MD of TMA Logistics, said that the railhead at Amsterdam Container Terminal has three 700m long tracks offering intermodal distribution options, including direct connections with China.

The Silk Road service is operated by NUNNER Logistics, an agent of the Austrian-based Rail Cargo Group, which now operates in 25 locations across Europe.