[photopress:logistics_train_beijing_hamburg_1.jpg,full,alignright]A goods train from Beijing has arrived in Hamburg. The ‘Beijing-Hamburg Container Express’ left the Chinese capital on January 9 with its cargo of shoes, toys and electronic goods and covered the distance of 10,000 kilometers (6,200 miles) in 15 days.
Germany’s state-owned rail operator Deutsche Bahn logistics chief, Norbert Bensel, said the inaugural journey on the new rail route had delivered its cargo in roughly half the time it would have taken to arrive in the northern German port city by sea. The sea journey takes about 30 days.
Norbert Bensel said, ‘The test train was a success. We have demonstrated that we can transport goods by rail between China and Germany safely, reliably and yet twice as fast as compared with ships. At the same time, we are considerably cheaper than air freight for many types of cargo.”
The train made its way from China to Germany through Mongolia, Russia, Belarus and Poland.