Test cargo train to depart from China to Latvia by end of 2016

Chinese and Latvian officials on Tuesday signed a protocol of intent over cooperation in developing the China Railway Express from China to Europe.

During Transport Minister Uldis Augulis' visit to China a protocol of intent on cooperation was signed by Edvīns Bērziņš, head of state-owned Latvian Railways, and China Railway Corporation General Manager Sheng Guangzu. 

The heads of the countries' national railway companies also agreed that the run of the first test train would be arranged from China to Latvia by the end of 2016.

"We have to continue an even more active cooperation with Chinese colleagues and other partners to ensure regular train traffic in the economic interests not only of Latvia but the whole Baltic region, thus strengthening the position of Latvian Railways as a Baltic transportation leader," said Bērziņš.

The two parties agreed on joint work on developing train traffic between China and Europe, coordinating cooperation with freight shippers and suppliers and working on joint marketing activities. 

The first train will be organized by LDz Cargo Loģistika, a subsidiary of Latvian Railways, and China Railway Container Transport Corporation.

On Wednesday Augulis will meet the management of the China Merchants Group, a state-owned transport corporation.

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