China – Italy line got stuck on the sidings
The connection to Melzo was disrupted soon after the launching while FELB shut down their Italian branch although not leaving the local market
The new Road & Belt to China lost the Chengdu - Melzo (Milan) railway link launched early in February by FELB.
The news was confirmed by FELB (Far East Land Bridge), Russian RZD's subsidiary MTO, which inaugurated a trial link last autumn supposed to be turned into a regular fortnight and subsequently weekly line.
Capable to transport 40 containers in two weeks transit-time crossing Kazakhstan, Russia, Belarus, Poland and Austria before reaching Italy.
As confirmed by Alexander Mironow, marketing manager at FELB Austria, FELB is still and will be operating on the Italian market, which they consider an interesting area, reason why they launched a pilot train.
“We offer connections from Duisburg and operate on the Italian market through our marketing agent Sergio Gonàlez”, states Mironow, actually also confirming former 'shut-down' rumours, after Nicola Cavasin, heading FELG Italia's Milan-based branch since it was established in 2016, left the company to start working at Rail Cargo Group.
The company controlled by Russian RZD railway group will continue serving Italy-China line through Duisburg-Germany with 20 days transit time, subsequetly reaching Busto Arsizio through Hupac intermodal operator's network.