UK joins the Silk Road as first export train departs for China

The first UK to China export train has departed from DP World London Gateway’s rail terminal in Stanford-le-Hope. The train left on April 10, 2017 for Yiwu in the Zhe Jiang province of Eastern China and is set to arrive on April 27, 2017. It comes three months after the first import train arrived in the UK from China and is the first of a regular service to China.

The train will carry soft drinks, vitamins, pharmaceuticals and baby products across a 7,500-mile journey. The train will travel through France and Belgium, before the DB Cargo locomotive calls in Duisburg, Germany. It will then carry on through Poland, Belarus, Russia and Kazhakstan before reaching its destination in Yiwu.

Container operator OneTwoThree Logistics is overseeing the transportation and booking of cargo for the UK/China rail freight trains, in conjunction with Yiwu Timex Industrial Investment Co., which is running the service with China Railway Container.

Source: DP World