The first freight train from Zhengzhou, China, to Europe has arrived at the freight yard in Hamburg-Billwerder, Germany, carrying 51 containers.
The journey was organized by the Zhengzhou International Land Port Development and Construction Co., as well as DB Schenker, which acted as a logistics partner to Zhengzhou for all of the services outside of China. The train from Zhengzhou covered the 10,214 kilometer (about 6,347 mile) route through China, Kazakhstan, Russia, Belarus and Poland to Germany in 15 days.
“The growing Chinese goods traffic, together with the ongoing shift from production-intensive industries to the Chinese hinterland, offers a lot of potential,” said Rüdiger Grube, chairman of the management board of Deutsche Bahn, at the occasion of the arrival of the train in Hamburg.
Over the past three years, several mainland Chinese cities, including Chongqing, Chengdu, Wuhan and Shenyang, have launched rail freight services to Europe, South China Morning Post reports. China is also building railways to Southeast Asian countries, such as Thailand, Myanmar and Laos.