Railgate Finland Kouvola-China Express: Efficient and Reliable

The first container train, Railgate Finland Kouvola - China Express, will depart from Kouvola to Xi'an, China, on November 2017. The trip will take 10-12 days, making it significantly faster than sea freight. Price-wise, rail transportation is also a competitive option.

The service will initially run once a week.

The route is operated by KTZ Express, Kazakhstan Railway's transport and logistics service provider, whose agent in Finland is Unytrade Oy. The first train will carry forest industry products and the customers include Kuehne+Nagel.

The new route creates efficiency and competitive advantage in rail transport. European freight train services from China are oveerburdened and hampered by a cronic container shortage. Transport via Kouvola will make the route up to 2000 km shorter. The track gauge is similar to that used in Russia, which means that time-consuming reloading needs to be performed only once.

Railgate Finland, Kouvola - China Express will open up new business opportunities to entirely new product groups for which air transport has been too expensive, but maritime transport too slow. In addition to China, the transport corridor contributes to Japan, Australia and South Korea, and to imports to Europe and the Nordic Countries. Thanks to its speed, the train also enables refrigerated goods to be transported and the transport of seasonal goods and products requiring special conditions.

The transport corridor has been developed actively since 2013 by Kouvola Innovation Oy in cooperation with the City of Kouvola, and both local and international businesses and partners.


11th November 2017

Video of the Opening Ceremonies

Press release 10.11.2017
The new container route Kouvola-Xi´an has been opened


Opening speech 
Mrs. Marita Toikka, Kouvola City Mayor

Opening speech
Mr. Antti Häkkänen, Minister of Justice

Opening speech
Mr. Chen Li, Ambassador of PRC

Greetings from
Mr. Shang Guan Ji Qing, The Mayor of Xi´an

Opening speech 
Mr. ​Martti Husu, Managing Director of Kouvola Innovation Oy

From left: Deputy Director of Administradtion Committee of Xi'an
International Trade & Logistic Park Yuhui Huang; Acting Trade
Representative of the Russian Federation, Mr. Sergey Sinelnikov;
Ambassador of PRC, Mr. Chen Li; Ambassador of the Republic of
Kazakhstan, Mr. Murat Nurtleuov; Minister of Justice,
Mr. Antti Häkkänen and City Mayor of Kouvola, Mrs. Marita Toikka. 

Mr. Antti Häkkänen, Minister of Justice


Mr. Murat Nurtleuov, Ambassador of the Republic of Kazakhstan

Mr. Chen Li, Ambassador of PRC


From left: Mr. Sergey Sinelnikov, Mr. Murat Nurtleuov,
Mr. Antti Häkkänen and Mr. Martti Husu, Managing Director of
Kouvola Innovation Oy.