INTERNATIONAL: An inaugural freight from Zhengzhou in China arrived at Hamburg-Billwerder yard in Germany on August 2.

The train was operated on behalf of Zhengzhou International Land Port Development & Construction Co, with DB Schenker responsible for the logistics services outside China. The 10 214 km route through China, Kazakhstan, Russia, Belarus and Poland was covered in just 15 days, carrying 51 containers.

'Growing Chinese goods traffic, together with the ongoing shift of production-intensive industries to the Chinese hinterland, offers a lot of potential', said Rüdiger Grube, Chairman of the DB management board. 'DB Schenker in Asia is in an excellent starting position.'

The first freight train from Beijing reached Hamburg in 2008, and DB Schenker has managed regular weekly block train services between China and Germany since 2011, mainly serving customers from the automotive and electronics industries. Around 300 trains have run in the past two years.