Large reception for container train from China in the Port of Duisburg
Duisburg, 10.09.2013 | Largest city in the world visits largest inland port in the world / duisport receives Chinese delegation and state television on the arrival of the “Yuxinou Train” / Regular connection between Chongqing in Central China and the Port of Duisburg triples since start
The arrival of the regular container train between Chongqing in Central Asia and Duisburg was celebrated today with a large reception in the Port of Duisburg. The occasion was the strong interest of representatives of the Chinese media and state television in the “Yuxinou” rail connection between Asia and Europe, and the Port of Duisburg in particular, as the destination. The train, which needs just 16 days for the journey between the two economic metropolises, started a good two years ago as the first train between China and Germany with one round trip per week. The number of weekly departures has since risen to three – with continued positive growth prospects.
“The train is twice as fast as transport on the sea route, but is only half as expensive as air freight. On the Chinese side it is already being described as the new Silk Road,” says Erich Staake, Chief Executive Officer of Duisburger Hafen AG, in front of city and media representatives from Chongqing and numerous guests of the City of Duisburg and participants from German and Chinese companies from the port and the region.
The connection has expanded duisport’s international network. “As a result the port has moved even more into the focus of global delivery chains, strengthening Duisburg as a leading logistics location and having positive effects on employment prospects,” emphasizes Staake. Daoyi Ding, Deputy General Director of the Information Office from Chongqing also attests to the great potential: “With more than 30 million inhabitants Chongqing is one of the fastest growing metropolitan areas in the world. The train connection offers incredible opportunities relating to cultural and economic exchanges between China and Europe”.
Numerous companies from the electrical, computer and high tech industries,for example, the US manufacturer Hewlett Packard (HP), the Taiwanese supplier of electrical appliances Foxconn and the computer manufacturer Acer also from Taiwan, as well as car manufacturers and suppliers and machine tools manufacturers, have their production locations in the “City of Light” on the Yangtze Kiang. Daoyi Ding: “Arriving in the middle of Germany and the opportunity to distribute goods further from here makes the container train very attractive to the companies based in our city.”
“As a China expert with its town twinning over many years with Wuhan, Duisburg is thus further building on its pole position as a logistics turntable. This currently and also prospectively involves enormous benefits for the economic location, the promotion of foreign trade and also jobs development here,” emphasizes Mayor Sören Link.
The 10,300 kilometer long Trans-Eurasian connection through China, Kazakhstan, Russia, Belarus, Poland and Germany was developed by DB Schenker Rail and Trans Eurasia Logistics, a joint venture between DB AG and the Russian railway RZD, in 2008. It is intended to be an alternative to the heavily used and 2,000 kilometers longer northern route via the Trans-Siberian Railway. The manufacturer HP, which has high quality electronics and computer technology transported from Chongqing to Duisburg using the train, was also included. The advantages are obvious: transferring containers from Chongqing to a Chinese sea port takes about three days alone. A period of time during which the train towards Duisburg has already put half of its route in China behind it. The loading capacity per train is 41 to 50 forty foot containers. The runtime is just 16 days and thus twice as fast as transport on the sea route. Security is also provided: every single container is continually monitored by a GPS system during the whole transport period.
“A direct trans-continental train connection to China is an interesting addition to sea transport,” says Erich Staake, convinced of the further success of the Chongqing-Duisburg route.