September 04, 2014

Germany – China freight train launched

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Germany – China freight train launched DB AG/Michael Rauhe

DB SCHENKER and Zhengzhou International Land Port Development and Construction Company launched a new direct Germany – China freight service on September 1, when the first train was flagged off from the Billwerder terminal in Hamburg by Dr Karl-Friedrich Rausch, DB management board officer for logistics and the governor of Hunan province Mr Xie Fuzhan.

The multi-customer train is carrying 41 containers and is expected to complete the 10,214km journey within 17 days, more than 20 days faster than the sea voyage. Products on the first train include industrial robots for a major engineering company in China.

The train runs via Poland, Russia, and Kazakhstan, with the containers being transhipped from 1435mm gauge to 1520mm gauge wagons at the Polish-Belarusian border and back to standard-gauge vehicles at the Kazakh-Chinese frontier.

A Zhengzhou – Billwerder service began operating last August and has carried more than 40,000 TEU since its launch.

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