China block train


Fast connection between Kouvola, Finland and Xi’an, China. Transit time is only about 14 days.



Kouvola Cargo Handling Oy is responsible for route sales, train loading and unloading and documentation of the trains. Carrier on the route is UnyTrade Oy. The representative of route in China is Xi’an International Port Multimodal Transportation Co. Ltd.



Transit time on Kouvola-Xi’an route is approximately 14 days. We can also provide fast connections inside China. The train uses the fastest possible routing Finland-Russia-Kazakhstan-China.



Railway transportation is cheaper than air freight, but not so much more expensive than ocean freight. Kouvola-Xi’an railway freight is very competitive especially to/from locations in inland China.



Kouvola-Xi’an route is currently tailored for block train traffic for high volume exporters. Then customer reserves the whole capacity of the train (41 x 40’ HC) and determines the departure days. There have been block trains of e.g.  pulp and timber industries.


The first train on the Kouvola-Xi’an route departed in November 2017. The route provides a fast alternative for China export and import: transit time is only approximately 14 days. There are always min. 41 x 40’ containers in one train.


The block train is a safe way to transport cargo to or from China. The train rides as a whole train from start to beginning and always using the same route. The only stop during train’s journey is at Kazakhstan/China border where containers are lifted on other wagons due to China having a different railway length than Finland and CIS-area. We follow the train online and report the train location regularly to customers having cargo in the train.

Operators on Kouvola-Xi’an route

Kouvola Cargo Handling is responsible for route sales, makes train unloading and loading and takes care of train forwarding. The carrier on the route is UnyTrade Oy. The route representative in China is Xi’an International Port Multimodal Transportation.

Export from Finland in 2019

EAST BOUND: We can provide full block train service (41 x 40′ containers/train) to high volume exporters via Xi’an to all over China. There have already been block trains loaded with e.g. paper, carton board, pulp, timber, metal / mechanical engineering products from Finland to China. In block train deliveries one customer books the whole capacity of the train.

WEST BOUND: The negotiations between the carrier and the Chinese route representative on relaunching of the Xi’an-Kouvola west bound traffic have taken more time than we expected earlier this fall. We will announce the details on the relaunch of west bound traffic as soon as possible.

  • Raiway tariffs
  • Pre-carriage and on-carriage by truck or by rail in Finland and in China
  • Container lifting (lifting capacity 41 tn)
  • Container storage (Customs bonded terminal area)
  • Container inspection, sealing, loading photograps
  • Container stuffing/loading, cargo securing, safety shields
  • Freight forwarding and documentation in Finland and in China: railway bills, customs clearance, transit declarations etc.

Kouvola Cargo Handling Oy
Tiilitie 9 (South side of the terminal)
45200 Kouvola, Finland

Tel. +358 44 535 8680 / Foreman

  • Use Tiilitie gate when entering the container terminal.
  • Inform KCH foreman about container pickups and returns in advance (tel. +358 44 535 8680)

Please ask a quote on China block train tariffs!


Ritva Pilli,
Sales Manager
Tel. +358 400 993 412

Anu Kujansuu
Marketing Director
Tel. +358 40 554 1183

Jussi Toikka
Managing Director
Tel. +358 40 584 0101