China traffic continues to surge
From one train per year to over 3,600 trains per year in one decade: Deutsche Bahn’s traffic with China has been booming for years. The German railway expects to transport around 90,000 containers this year, and as many as 100,000 in 2020.
To prepare for this growth, DB is now pooling its resources by combining all the group’s activities for services to/from China in a new unit named DB Cargo Eurasia and opening an office in Shanghai.
The first container was sent to China via the trans-Siberian railway in 1973. In 2008, the first scheduled container train transported computers from Xiangtang to Hamburg, and DB began providing regular China – Germany rail services in 2011. (ben)