Global transportation and logistics firm DB Schenker has teamed up with the City and Port Authority of Zhengzhou to start the first freight train service from Hamburg, Germany, to the Chinese city.
The launch of the new service comes after the 2013 introduction of a new weekly service from Zhengzhou to Hamburg.
Hamburg Economy, Traffic and Innovation city councillor Dr Bernd Egert said: "Today, Hamburg is not only a destination but also a starting point for goods exchange with China by rail."
The 41-container train service will transport industrial robots and other goods for an international technology firm and will be available as a ‘multi-customer-train’ for future customers.
This freight train takes 17 days to reach Zhengzhou, while covering a distance of 10,214km and passing through countries such as Poland, Belarus, Russia and Kazakhstan.
DB mobility logistics transportation and logistics management board member Dr Karl-Friedrich Rausch said: "The ever-increasing goods traffic with China offers a lot of potential, and at the same time we see an increase for transports to China by rail as well."
Since 2011, DB Schenker has been operating weekly block-train services between China and Germany on a regular basis.
DB Schenker’s trains have carried a total of 40,000 containers between China and Europe from 2012 to 2014 and the company employs more than 5,000 co-workers in the 160 sites in 62 Chinese cities.
Image: Dr Karl-Friedrich Rausch and Henan Xie Fuzhan started the first trip. Photo: courtesy of DB Schenker.