China Starts Rail Service to Hamburg, Germany

Responding to rising trade volumes, China has established its second rail link to Europe, connecting the central Chinese city of Zhengzhou with Hamburg, Germany.

The train takes 18 days to reach Hamburg which is twice as fast as maritime transport. It will also effectively save  80 percent of  the cost compared with air shipments,  and it’s and it’s about $489 cheaper on average compared with road  transportation, which is a  major incentive for the Eurasian Land Bridge, also dubbed New Silk Road.

The route  from Zhengzhou reaches Germany via Kazakhstan, Russia, Belarus and Poland and is just over 10,000 kilometers. Zhengzhou International Inland Port Development Co Ltd is responsible for cooperating with partner rail companies in each country.

The containers have to be transferred by crane to different rail gauges twice. First comes a change to the Russian style  broad gauge line at the  Kazakhstan-China  border at  Alashankou, in  northeastern China’s Xinjiang  Uygur autonomous region.  The second is  a transfer to standard gauge at the Polish-Belarusian border.

Cui Shaoying, director of the Zhengzhou Economy and Technology Development Zone, said the rail freight using the Eurasian land  bridge will speed up access to key markets in Europe.

The first freight train had 41 containers, including 11 containers of vehicle parts, industrial yarn, high-end shoes and clothing en route to Hamburg, 29 containers of  abrasives headed to Antwerp, Belgium and one container  of garments destined for  Rotterdam, the  Netherlands. The goods are valued at $2.33 million.

The information is provided by the news portal ChinaDaily.

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