The first ever direct freight train from China to the UK has arrived today in London, at DB Cargo Eurohub at Barking. The container train with 44 x 40’ boxes ex point of departure Yiwu (ten of the containers are destined for Duisburg and are unloaded there) carries mostly textile goods. It has traveled more than 12,000 kilometers across seven countries to reach London, the Channel Tunnel. Group, headquartered in Switzerland is the operator of the pioneer train.
In offering such products and establishing new routes, InterRail benefits from the good cooperation with its longtime partners. The Chinese Railways subsidiary CRIMT contracted InterRail. For the CIS leg of the route between Dostyk and Brest, InterRail subcontracted KTZ Express, a subsidiary of Kazakh Railways. InterRail also subcontracted rail freight operator DB Cargo AG and DB Cargo UK. DB Cargo AG is moving the train across Germany from Duisburg to Aachen. At the Duisburg container terminal, the 34 x 40’ containers destined for the UK are trans-loaded onto special DB container platforms approved for the Channel Tunnel. DB Cargo UK is running the service from Calais in France to its London Eurohub at Barking via the Channel Tunnel.
For several years already, InterRail has been active as a leading operator of trains between China and Europe; especially during the past 24 months, the company added new products and trade lanes to its portfolio. Among them are open trains that can be loaded with single containers or container groups, but also LCL traffic from China to Europe as well as the freight transport on board special wagons between Russia, Central Asia and Iran. In terms of geography, InterRail launched, among others, new train connections ex China to Iran, Afghanistan, Central Asia, and Russia.