A China-Europe direct freight train that exclusively serves e-commerce has arrived for the time in northwest China.
The cross-border e-commerce project was conceived as part of the Belt and Road Initiative, meant to strengthen economic ties between China and surrounding areas, including Europe and South and Central Asia.
The first-ever train of its kind runs between Xi’an, in the Shaanxi Province, and Hamburg, Germany, CNC reported.
European goods conveyed by the freight include car accessories and home furnishings.
The trip from Xi’an to Hamburg takes about 16 days, with half of the time spent at sea.
A video of the train in action can be watched here.
This year marks the fifth anniversary of the Belt and Road Initiative proposed by Chinese President Xi Jinping, and has been hailed a success at home.
“Thanks to joint efforts from all parties, this initiative is being turned into actions from a concept, and being translated into reality from a vision,” said Zhang Yesui, spokesperson for the first session of the 13th National People’s Congress.
So far the initiative has resulted in greater infrastructure connectivity and a strengthening of cooperation mechanisms between China and Europe, Zhang said.