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Tenfold increase in Asian rail freight traffic at Zahony

There was a nearly tenfold increase in the number of Chinese freight container trains arriving in Hungary through the Zahony transshipment station last year compared to 2019, daily Magyar Nemzet said on Monday.

Rail Cargo Operator Hungaria (RCO-HU) registered a steep increase in intermodal rail transport from the Far East since August 2020, Imre Kovacs, Raily Cargo Hungaria board chairman and Rail Cargo Austria board member, told the paper.

Six to eight trains carrying 45-50 containers arrived monthly from China to the European Union border at Zahony in the third and fourth quarters of 2020 as against a total of four intermodal trains in 2019, the paper said.

Compared to the first half of 2020, the number of containers transported as rail freight between China and Europe increased by 41.7 percent. A station in Malaszewicze on the Polish-Belarus border can hardly cope with receiving some two-hundred Chinese container trains monthly and the development of Zahony is expected to resolve the issue of handling further increase in traffic.

Kovacs said Rail Cargo Hungaria expects a significant increase in traffic based on these developments and the fact that the EU announced 2021 as the European Year of Rail gives further reason for optimism.

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