Inspite of the need to go through bogie exchange, the trip takes only 18 days to complete. In comparison, it takes a large cargo vessel about 30–45 days of sailing to get from East Asia to Northern Europe.
The Yiwu – London railway project is part of China's “One Belt, One Road” Initiative, which attempts to strengthen the country’s trade connections and revive the Silk Road of the past. The goods it carried were mostly the commodities from Yiwu market, including general merchandise, apparel, fabrics, and luggage & bags, with a total weight of about 700 tons. So it makes the import and export from Yiwu to London and London to Yiwu more easier.
From Yiwu, a trading center 300 km south of Shanghai, the track passes through 9 countries: China, Kazakhstan, Russia, Belarus, Poland, Germany, Belgium, France, UK. In order to get to the UK the route passes through the Channel Tunnel between France and the UK. The London end of the line is located at the DB Eurohub in Barking, East London.
By the end of Dec., 2017, there had been more than 100 (Yiwu) Sino-Europe trains arriving at and departing from Yiwu, and Yiwu Customs had ac-cumulatively supervised 9,990 TEUs of international through railway transport containers, with a year-on-year growth of 91%.
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