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AMSTERDAM: March 07, 2018. As forecast last November, Nunner Logistics has now launched its Silk Road container rail service between Amsterdam and Yiwu, China.

Amsterdam Container Terminal Silk Road launchThe first train departed today from the Amsterdam Container Terminal (ACT) intermodal railhead on its 11,000 kilometer journey via Germany, Poland, Belarus, Russia and Kazakhstan.

It is expected to arrive at the Yiwu trading hub in Zhejiang province carrying a variety of Dutch-made machinery, mineral fuels, pharmaceuticals, technical equipment and chemicals in 16 days.

TMA Logistics, a joint venture between Hutchison Ports and TMA Holdings that owns ACT, is providing terminal and logistics support for the new service.

Gerben Matroos, TMA Logistics managing director commented: “The intermodal connections we have by road, barge, short sea shipping and the railhead at Amsterdam Container Terminal make it the ideal gateway for this traffic, enabling us to collect and distribute goods across North Europe and UK for transport by rail to and from China.”

In addition to three 700-meter rail tracks, ACT also has three of the deepest multi-purpose berths in North Europe with a total length of 1,015 meters and depth of 15 meters.

"This unique new connection is a perfect extension of our terminal activities in Amsterdam," added Willem Mantel, TMA Logistics general manager. "It will make our hub even more interesting. By shortsea and by barge we [will] connect not only Scandinavia and the UK to the China train but also Rotterdam [and] Antwerp."

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