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Hungary to serve transit for Chinese cargo

China plans to start running container trains to the EU through Hungary's Záhony railway station, at the border with Ukraine, officials announced.

István Szekeres, the spokesman for station manager MÁV Záhonyi Logisztikai és Rakomanykezelési Szolgáltató (Záhony Port), said the first test train, carrying 12 containers of goods, left China on January 9 and will arrive in Hungary some time after January 20. Depending on the success of the run, trains from China could start arriving once a week from February and five times a week from the summer, bringing the station to full capacity. As many as 400 containers from could pass through the station a week from the summer. The station has capacity to store as many as 1,000 containers.

Between 5,800 and 7,900 containers a year arrive in Záhony. From 2009, as many as 20,000 containers from China could pass through the station annually. (Cargonewsasia)