Train twice as fast as maritime shipping
More than 40,000 containers were hauled by rail between Germany and China in 2016. This was a new record for the Germany freight railway DB Cargo. And by 2020, the number of boxes is to be boosted to around 100,000, treble the volume recorded in 2014, the rail transport company said.
The 10,000 km – 12,000 km long trip takes 12 to 16 days, including the time spent cross-loading the boxes between the different gauges.
The short transit time means that the services provided by DB together with railways in Poland, Belarus, Russia, Kazakhstan, Mongolia and China can be carried out in half the time required for maritime transport. (ben)