Swiss-Chinese partnership involving Italy
Xi'an-based International Port Area and Hupac are collaborating in order to strengthen railway freight transport between Italy and China. Their first train left from the Busto Arsizio-Gallarate hub heading eastwards
The first train of the Milan-Xi’an Freight Express service left on time from Hupac’s Busto Arsizio-Gallarate terminal heading towards Xi’an (Shaanxi Province, in North-Western China). The train was organized by the Swiss intermodal operator in collaboration with the International Port Area of Xi’an to strengthen railway freight transport between Italy and China.
The Lombard terminal works as a logistics platform for the train, which has a transit time of 18 days. During the testing period, the train will operate on a monthly or two-monthly basis, but Hupac’s long-term goal is a weekly departure.
The Swiss company adopted an east-west intercontinental axis development strategy as a natural integration of its traditional European markets.
With its branches in Moscow and Shanghai, established in 2011 and 2016 respectively, and with the purchase of rolling stocks for the Russian large track gauge, Hupac paved the way for new areas of activity in the East and Far East. Its general objective is establishing a large route connecting resources, products and markets between east and west, while creating a great opportunity for the Italian economy, in particular for Lombardy, related to commercial exchanges from and to China.
Italy and China recently entered into commercial agreements, and the strengthening of these connections will provide new growth opportunities for both markets.
Xi’an International Port Area Haidebang Logistics Co., Ltd. is a company with registered office in Xi’an, dealing with road transport and established in 2010, which in 2017 recorded a 23.87% increase in turnover.