A cargo train from Zhengzhou in central China to Hamburg in Germany was launched on 18 July to boost bilateral trade.
The container train will begin its journey from Zhengzhou, capital of Henan Province and pass through Kazakhstan, Russia, Belarus and Poland before reaching Germany.
The train will travel 10,214 km for 16 to 18 days. The service could shorten the length of time needed for cargo from Zhengzhou to Europe via sea by about 15 days.
The first train will carry 665 tonnes of goods such as tyres, shoes, clothes in 51 containers. The trade volume is worth 1.52 million US dollars, according to customs authorities in Zhengzhou.
There will be six such trains to Hamburg this year, which are likely to achieve over 100 million US dollars of exports and imports.
In 2014, the number of cargo trains from Zhengzhou to Hamburg will rise to 50, generating a trade volume worth a billion dollars.