International rail transport

Your partner in Asian and European transport

Nurminen Logistics offers reliable and environmentally friendly transport by train for your cargo to Europe and Asia. Regular train service and excellent onward connections ensure punctual deliveries from Shanghai, China, to Narvik, Norway. We are the only Northern European forwarding company that is also a railway operator.
Fast
Regular and scheduled rail freight from Europe to Asia and back.
Ecological
Train emissions are up to 98% lower than those from air freight.
Reliable
Diverse equipment, extensive know-how and partnerships at home and abroad guarantee punctual deliveries.

European and Asian rail transport

We offer several different routing options to Europe for you to choose from. Our newest route is the southern Trans-Caspian container train route, which comprehensively serves our European customers.

The Trans-Caspian route runs to China, Kazakhstan, Azerbaijan, Georgia and Romania and from there to all of Europe, both for export and import transport. The transport time from China to Europe is approximately 25 days.

Targeting the growing markets in Central Asia?

Thanks to our long experience, we know the markets in dynamic Central Asia. For instance, we offer transportation for full units and projects to the fast-growing market in Kazakhstan. As experts in Eastern rail transport routes, we can open doors to the largest markets in the world. Our extensive and reliable partnership network allows us to oversee the entire transport chain with agility.

Rail transport routes within the Nordic countries

Nurminen’s Nordic Hub ® service package serves a rail link between the Nordic countries. We operate regularly between Finland, Sweden and Norway. The Nordic rail transport can also be connected to the Asian and European rail networks.

We also offer unique temperature-controlled rail transport on this route. In addition to food, the containers can carry any products that require temperature-controlled conditions, such as chemicals or medicines. The temperature of the container can be adjusted between -25 and +25 degrees as needed.

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CO2 calculator

Be a pioneer in green logistics and use a train – with our CO2 calculator, you can compare the carbon footprint of your shipment in different modes of transport.

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Multimodal transport
We make the world more easily accessible for you. Nurminen Nordic Hub ® is your gateway to the world, offering a strategically unique location between Europe and Asia – our unique solutions give you a real head start. We transport from door to door by combining various modes of transport.

By rail
Fast rail transport from Northern Europe to Asia and back. Project transports to the Far East, all over Europe, the CIS countries and the Baltic countries. We provide regular and scheduled rail transport between Finland, Sweden and Norway.

By road
Road transport for containers, trailers, project cargo and break-bulk cargo in Finland, the Baltic countries, the Nordic countries and elsewhere in Europe.

By sea
We offer bi-directional sea freight from Northern Europe, which can also be combined with rail transport.
We will optimise the best transport for you
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Multimodal transport combines several different modes of transport. Thus, we can optimise just the right transport alternative for you. Our international team of experts and extensive co-operation network enable challenging deliveries for corporate customers by rail, road or sea.
  • Fast door-to-door deliveries

    We offer a wide range of rail services, ship connections and door-to-door service for full containers (FCL) and break-bulk cargo (LCL). If necessary, we can handle everything related to the transport, such as forwarding, customs clearances and packaging warehousing, on your behalf. With our comprehensive service, there is no need for you to concern yourself with transport-related matters. Instead, you can simply focus on your core business. 
  • Secure and trackable

    Our real-time tracking system allows you to reliably track the progress of your shipment and train throughout the journey.
  • International terminals

    We also offer efficient cargo handling at our international terminals in China, Germany and Austria.
  • Transport time of 20 hours

    With our direct container ship links, we can transport your goods between Sweden and Finland in just 20 hours. From the container harbours of Kotka and Helsinki, your cargo can continue on to China and the rest of Asia in 14 days.
  • Your gateway to Europe

    Nurminen Nordic Hub's main logistics centres are located in Finland in Kotka, Helsinki and Vaasa, where we have our own container depots. We also have logistics centres in Umeå and Haparanda, Sweden, and in Narvik, Norway. We are able to provide you with fast and direct transport from the ports of Helsinki and Kotka to all the main ports of Northern Europe.
Frequently asked questions
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Here, you can find our frequently asked questions and answers to them. If you cannot find the answer to your question, please contact us.
  • What kinds of goods can be transported by train?

    Just about anything that fits in a 40’ container can be transported as rail freight, from components to cars. We transport both full containers and break-bulk cargo with a weight of more than one thousand kilograms and a volume of more than one cubic metre. Due to official regulations, no dangerous goods, batteries or temperature-controlled products can currently be transported on trains to China.
  • What information do I need to make a reservation?

    We need you to provide us information on the sender and recipient as well as on what kinds of goods you are transporting and when they can be picked up. In addition, we need the commodity code and information on the weight, volume (cubic metres) and number of pieces of the cargo as well as on whether the cargo is stackable.
  • When is it better to reserve an entire container instead of transporting as break-bulk cargo?

    Generally, at 25 cubic metres, or if the weight of the shipment exceeds 15,000 kg, we recommend that you reserve an entire container.
  • What are the advantages to choosing rail freight?

    Rail freight is a good option for longer distances when you are looking for a transport solution that is more affordable than air freight and faster than sea freight. The environmental aspects are a strong argument in favour of rail freight, as it is always the most environmentally friendly option.
  • Do you serve private individuals?

    We provide transport services only to businesses.
  • Why is multimodal transport a good option?

    Multimodal transport refers to the combination of several modes of transport under a single transport contract. By combining different modes of transport, we can tailor the transport solution according to your needs. You can optimise the transport time, price or carbon footprint, for example.
  • Can I purchase only sea freight or road freight service?

    Yes, you can also purchase only sea, road or rail freight without using any other means of transport.

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Marjut Linnajärvi

VP, Sales and Rail Operations
+358 40 571 5034 marjut.linnajarvi@nurminenlogistics.com

Mika Ritonen

Team Leader, Rail and Multimodal Services
+358 44 728 2727 mika.ritonen@nurminenlogistics.com

Elina Hicks

Sales and Business Development Specialist
+358 44 507 1351 elina.hicks@nurminenlogistics.com
Additional services
We view logistics as a service. We cater to all your needs from packaging to warehousing and from forwarding to transit services. We treat every consignment as unique and tailor the transport according to the customer’s wishes.