A train convoy arrives in Liege every day.
Last July, the first train arrived in the trimodal port area of Renory, directly from Chengdu, the capital of Sichuan Province in central-western China, fully loaded with medical equipment.
Since the end of 2018, the rail link between China and Liège has intensified to the point that today a train arrives from Chengdu to the port area of Renory every day to supply this medical equipment.
The company Liège Container Terminal (Novandi Group), located on part of the trimodal port area of Renory, south of Liège, which is served by road, rail and the Meuse river, has thus established various partnerships, including the rail operator Linéas, with the aim of organising this rail traffic between Chengdu and Liège.
From once a month initially, this railway line is now run several times a week. Freight trains from China now arrive daily directly at the port area of Renory.
The very first direct train from China arrived at the trimodal port area of Renory on 2 July last. This train has been followed by about 40 others since then.
Thanks to Liège Container Terminal, a total of more than 1,400 containers have been transported by rail to Renory since July 2020.
This train, made up of 41 containers, brings medical equipment to Liège, including thousands of masks from China to the United Kingdom. This medical equipment is then re-shipped from Renory to the Benelux countries and the United Kingdom by train and ship.
Crossing Asia and Europe
Starting from Chengdu, this train has crossed various countries. From Kazakhstan, via Russia, Poland..., this train takes the new railway silk road and serves Liège after 20 days of journey. From now on, the Chengdu - Liège line will enable products to be transported in less than three weeks and thus ensure rapid re-dispatch by train and boat to final destinations in Europe.
The Port of Liege, which manages various multimodal platforms, is strengthening its links with China and continues to promote intermodality, i.e. the combination of different modes of freight transport. As a complementary mode to waterways, rail makes it possible to limit the environmental impact of freight transport.
According to Mr. Emile-Louis Bertrand, Managing Director of the Liege Port Authority, "it is thanks to this intermodality or "modal shift" (i.e. the transfer of goods traffic from road to rail and/or navigation) so much promoted by the European authorities that we will be able to reduce the number of lorries on our roads.
The development of the Port of Liège, with its waterway and rail connections dedicated to companies using these modes of transport, is a response to Europe's concerns to reduce CO2 emissions in transport. »