A freight service bound for Zhejian Province, Eastern china has departed from Stanford-le-hope, Essex.
The first service of it’s kind, it will take 17 days to complete the 7,500-mile journey, arriving in China on the 27th April. The DP world locomotive train will travel through France, Belgium, Germany, Poland, Belarus, Russia and Kazakhstan before arriving in China.
The freight is made up of 30 containers that will be carrying a variety of British goods from vitamins to baby products. The service organizers, Yiwu Timex Industrial Investment Co, are working in line with Chinas “one belt, one road” policy which aims to restore the ancient silk road trading routes with the west.
Yiwu Timex Chairman Xubin Feng said that the restoring these 2000-year-old trading routes is “an important and exciting initiative”. He also added “”We have great faith in the UK as an export nation and rail provides an excellent alternative for moving large volumes of goods over long distances faster,”.
Transportation of goods via train is an initiative welcomed by UK international trade minister Greg Hands. He said the rail link “shows the huge global demand for quality UK goods”.
A train doing the reverse journey arrived in England from China around 3 months ago. Due to its cost effectiveness in comparison to air and time efficacy in comparison to see, this is going you be the first of many similar journeys.