First ever UK to China export train departs

The first ever UK to China export train departed on April 10, laden with containers full of British goods include soft drinks, vitamins, pharmaceuticals and baby products, will make the 7,500 mile, three-week-long journey, departing from DP World London Gateway rail terminal in South Essex, bound for Yiwu in eastern China. It departed just under three months after the first ever import train from China arrived in the UK. The service is part of China's One Belt, One Road programme.

After passing through the channel tunnel into France and Belgium, the DB Cargo locomotive will call in Duisburg, Germany before InterRail pull the cargo through Poland, Belarus, Russia and Kazakhstan before the train crosses to Yiwu, China.

Container operator OneTwoThree Logistics is overseeing the transportation and booking of cargo for the UK/China rail freight trains, in conjunction with Yiwu Timex Industrial Investment Co., which is running the service with China Railway Container.