On Saturday, as part of his landmark visit to Germany, Chinese President Xi Jinping visited the last stop on the “Yuxinou” rail line, an industrial feat that promises to revolutionise transport between Europe and Asia. Xi, accompanied by a large delegation and German Economy Minister Sigmar Gabriel, ceremoniously welcomed a freight train crammed with laptops and electronics after it completed its journey through Central Asia, Russia, Belarus and Poland.
The Yuxinou Train, which covers a route of over 10,000 kilometers in 16 days, was started in summer 2011 as the
first train between Chongqing, the largest city in the world and Duisburg world’s largest inland port, with one departure per week. The route is particularly useful for Chongqing — home to vast car parts and IT factories — since it lies 1,500 km from China’s main seaports. (APF)
“The train is twice as fast as transport on the sea route, but only half as expensive as air freight. I am therefore confident that the frequency of the train connection will develop even more strongly in future,” explains Erich Staake, Chief Executive Officer of Duisburger Hafen AG.
The Port of Duisburg is the only port in Europe offering several transcontinental train connections to China. Thus,
in addition to the direct connection between Chongqing and Duisburg, there is also a regular train connection from Shanghai/Beijing to Duisburg.
“Through these transcontinental connections the port is coming even more into the focus of global supply chains. At the same time they are strengthening Duisburg as the leading logistics hub in Central Europe. I would not be surprised if the visit of the Chinese President provided a further impetus to developing the new Silk Road,” concludes Staake.
Photo*Port of Duisburg, 2013 – The arrival of the regular container train between Chongqing in Central Asia and Duisburg was celebrated with a large reception in the Port of Duisburg
Video* CCTV News