THE new Shandong-Europe Express train from Jinan arrived at Hamburg's Billwerder Terminal for the first time on April 30, with forty-one FEU.
The express train service set out from Jinan on April 10 with the containers filled with wind turbine parts, LEDs, tools, and medical supplies. Currently, the train only operates from China to Europe, while carriage in the other direction is not being offered at this time. The next departures from Jinan are scheduled for May 16 and 30. The freight train is operated by the Shandong Hi-Speed Group as part of their Qilu Europe-Asia freight traffic service.
China is the Port of Hamburg's most important trade partner. Hamburg serves as the gateway to Europe for Chinese goods. Along with handling ocean shipping, the port city is also an important railway hub for transports to and from China. It carries valuable and time-sensitive cargo from China to Europe along the New Silk Road.
"Hamburg is not only a hub for ocean shipping with China, but also an important junction for rail traffic between Europe and China on the New Silk Road," Axel Mattern, executive board member of Port of Hamburg Marketing (HHM) stated.
Hamburg's senator for economics, Michael Westhagemann added: "I'm very pleased to see that we are able to improve the connections between Hamburg and China even further. Landside connections, particularly transport by rail, provide the Port of Hamburg with great opportunities and are one of its strengths: 12 per cent of German rail cargo transport arrives at or departs from the Port of Hamburg. This puts us in an excellent starting position to make good use of this strength in a sustainable way on the Silk Road in the future."