15 Jan 2018 / 16:01

The Italy-China freight train is a reality. Is this a new opportunity for wine?

The announcement last June became an official reality on Tuesday, November 28, 2017, when Italy and China were finally joined by a freight train joining the boot with the city of Chengdu in Sichuan. 

The Italy-China freight train is a reality. Is this a new opportunity for wine?

The announcement last June became an official reality on Tuesday, November 28, 2017, when Italy and China were finally joined by a freight train joining the boot with the city of Chengdu in Sichuan. 

Thanks to an agreement between the Logistic Pole of Mortara SPA and Changjiu Logistic, Chinese leader in the transport sector (20 billion euros of revenue), the 17-car train will take 18 days to cover 10,800 kilometers, crossing Italy, Austria, Germany, Poland, Belarus, Russia, Kazakhstan, and China. It provides an alternative to the transport of merchandise by sea, in decidedly less time. The voyage by ship, on the average, takes 40-45 days.

The first shipments by train will consist of furniture and automobile and machine parts, but there will be space for other Made in Italy export sectors such as food, wine and fabrics. The agreement provides for the departure of two trains weekly, which should become three by 2018. The opportunity will also, obviously, benefit China, which will be able to bring its own products to Europe.

In April 2016, another train for China left from the heart of Europe to inaugurate a new French Silk Road. It went from Lyon to Wuhan, thanks to an agreement between the French and Wuhan Asia Europe Logistics. The distance of 11,300 kilometers was covered in about two weeks. In the inaugural trip, two bottles of Bordeaux were also included. In the newest Italian train, from Mortara (Pavia), no wine has yet been shipped. We hope that will happen soon.

 

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