China launches first cargo train to London

China has launched its first cargo train to London, the China Railway Corporation said

It will take 18 days for the train to reach London from its departure point at  Yiwu West Railway Station in eastern Zhejiang Province.

The journey is about 12,000 kilometres.

Yiwu is known for producing small commodities, and the train mainly carried such goods, including household items, garments, cloth, bags and suitcases.

The freight train will pass through Kazakhstan, Russia, Belarus, Poland, Germany, Belgium and France before arriving in London.

London is the 15th city in Europe added to China-Europe freight train services.

The service will improve China-Britain trade ties, strengthen connectivity with western Europe, while better serving China’s Belt and Road Initiative, an infrastructure and trade network connecting Asia with Europe and Africa along ancient trade routes, the China Railway Corporation said. (NAN)

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