DB Schenker operated the first freight train ride from the north-central Chinese city of Zhengzhou to Hamburg on Friday.
The train from Zhengzhou covered the 10,214 kilometre route through China, Kazakhstan, Russia, Belarus and Poland to Germany in a record time of just 15 days.
The voyage was operated on behalf of the Zhengzhou International Land Port Development and Construction Company, with DB Schenker responsible for the logistics services outside China.
The train had 51 containers and arrived at the Hamburg-Billwerder freight yard on Friday 2 August.
DB Chairman Dr. Rüdiger Grube: “DB Schenker in Asia is in an excellent starting position.”
“The growing Chinese goods traffic, together with the ongoing shift from production-intensive industries to the Chinese hinterland, offers a lot of potential.”
As the first international logistics provider, DB Schenker used the new connection for the transportation of containers for different customers from trade and industry.
For three years, DB Schenker trains have been traveling on the Euro-Asian route, and in the past two years, more than 300 freight trains were sent to and from China.
DB Schenker Logistics has been in China for decades and has a closely-knit network of locations in all major economic regions.