First China – UK direct rail freight service launched

China’s Yiwu Timex Industrial Investment has started operations of a new direct rail freight service between the Chinese city of Yiwu (Zhejiang province) and London (Barking Rail Freight Terminal). The lead time is 18 days door to door and the service will run once a week during the trail period.

Yiwu is known for producing small commodities, and the train mainly carried such goods, including household items, garments, cloth, bags and suitcases. The freight train will pass through Kazakhstan, Russia, Belarus, Poland, Germany, Belgium and France before arriving in London.

London is the 15th city in Europe added to China-Europe freight train services. The service will improve China-Britain trade ties, strengthen connectivity with western Europe, while better serving China’s Belt and Road Initiative, an infrastructure and trade network connecting Asia with Europe and Africa along ancient trade routes, the China Railway Corporation said.

The number of freight trains on China – Europe route also increased dramatically in 2016 to 1,702 trains, an increase of 109 percent compared to 2015.

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