First rail freight service to China departs UK

The first rail freight service from United Kingdom to China departed from Essex. Earlier the first freight train in the opposite direction, from China to UK had arrived in London in January 2017.The train service was launched as part of China’s ambitious One Belt, One Road (OBOR) initiative that aims to revive the ancient Silk Road trading routes with the West dating back more than 2,000 years.The 30 containers train carrying British goods including pharmaceuticals will travel over 7,500 miles to reach Yiwu (China), a famed wholesale market town in the eastern province of Zhejiang in 17 days.The train during the journey will pass through seven countries – France, Germany, Belgium, Poland, Russia, Kazakhstan before reaching final destination in China.The operators have mentioned that the rail transportation between UK and China is cheaper than by air and faster than by sea.

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