DHL Global Forwarding has announced its inaugural service on a new rail corridor between China and Turkey.
The rail link is significant because it is within the so-called Silk Road Economic Belt, which has been developed by China as part of their "One Belt, One Road" economic initiative. The corridor sets out from Lianyungang, China, and crosses Kazakhstan, Azerbaijan and Georgia before arriving in Istanbul. The freight journey takes around 14 days.
DHL had to sign a "memorandum of understanding" with KTZ Express of Kazakhstan, as well as work with several other railways and the Lianyungang municipal government.
According to Steve Huang, CEO of DHL Global Forwarding China, trade between China and countries along the Silk Road has grown 19 per cent annually in the last ten years.
(Source: News United)