New Rail Service Link between the UK and China will boost the logistics sector
It is true that the details of the trade future between the United Kingdom and the European Union may be uncertain. However, trade of UK with China is on course—literally.
The Chinese government's "One Belt, One Road" initiative reached another milestone in April 2017. This happened when a freight train left London's DP World London Gateway, bound for Yiwu in eastern China's Zhe Jiang province. The China-bound train marks the next logical step after a train completed a journey in the opposite direction—from China to the UK—in January 2017.
The subject road program seeks to re-establish ancient Silk Road land connections with Western trade partners. This has existed for more than 2,000 years. But the same had fallen into disuse in favor of other forms of transport like air and ocean transport.
According to Greg Hands a senior UK Minister, this new rail link with China is another boost for global Britain, following the ancient Silk Road trade route to carry British products around the world. This was stated by him at a ceremony commemorating the event. Those who had gathered there saw the last three containers get loaded before the train departed.
The freight train covers over 7,500-miles in the journey. It takes it through the tunnel, where it then travels across France, Belgium, Germany, Poland, Belarus, Russia, and Kazakhstan before it moves into China. In its initial journey the freight carried products like soft drinks, vitamins, pharmaceuticals, whiskey, and baby products. DB Cargo is the company which handles the leg between the UK and Germany. On the other hand InterRail Group takes over and completes transport to China.
Xubin Feng, who is the chairman of Yiwu Timex Industrial Investment Company, a key stake holder stated that "Restoring the ancient Silk Road as a means by which China, North Europe, and now the UK can exchange goods is an important and exciting initiative," . He also mentioned that "This is the first export train and just the start of a regular direct service between the UK and China."