The first freight train from Zengzhou in north central China arrived in Hamburg on 2nd August after a 15 day journey.
The journey was organised by the Zhengzhou International Land Port Development and Construction Co in cooperation with DB Schenker.
“The growing Chinese goods traffic, together with the ongoing shift from production-intensive industries to the Chinese hinterland, offers a lot of potential,” said Dr Rüdiger Grube, chairman of the management board of Deutsche Bahn, greeting the train.
The train with 51 containers arrived the freight yard in Hamburg-Billwerder after covering the 10,214 kilometre route through China, Kazakhstan, Russia, Belarus and Poland to Germany in a record time of just 15 days.
DB Schenker acted as logistics partner to Zhengzhou for all services outside China which includes operations as well as additional logistics services.
In 2011 DB Schenker set up regular weekly block train service between China and Germany mainly for the automotive and electronics industry.