All aboard the Shanghai Express for Hamburg
The first freight train providing a railway service between Shanghai and Europe, will depart on Tuesday from Minhang Station in Shanghai destined for Hamburg, Germany, Shanghai Customs said on Sunday.
The 50-carriage "Shanghai Express" train will leave China via Alataw in Xinjiang Uygur Autonomous Region, passing through Poland, and finally arrive in Hamburg, Germany, loaded with clothing, auto parts, solar panels, equipment, furniture, daily necessities, machine parts and other goods.
"With the Shanghai-Europe Express, the transport time can be reduced to about two weeks, which is half that of ocean freight," said Wang Jinqiu, who is in charge of the platform of Shanghai-Europe Express company.
"The logistics cost of each standard container is expected to save at least 30 percent," Wang added.
The train is scheduled to return to Shanghai from Europe in mid-October. There will also be a batch of exhibits from European countries on the train for the fourth China International Import Expo.
After the first train is shipped, the train will run regularly every week. This provides solutions to alleviate the current tight international logistic capacity and present more logistic options to the Belt and Road as well as European countries, said customs.