Shanghai Maglev trains are currently the fastest trains commercially operated in the world, with a top commercial speed of 431 kph (268 mph) and a top non-commercial speed of 501 kph (311 mph). While rail travel remained the most popular form of intercity transport, air travel has also experienced significant growth since the late 1990s. Major airports such as Beijing Capital International and Shanghai Pudong International being among the busiest in the world.
In response to growing demand for rail freight services between Europe and Asia, DHL Global Forwarding has launched what it says is be the fastest rail connection between China and Germany. It has also opened three additional Rail Competence Centres at Le Havre, Felixstowe and Genova to manage its freight operations. The service between Xi’an, Hamburg and Neuss which was launched on November 4 has been set up in co-operation with Xi’an International Inland Port Investment & Development Group. It is operated in partnership with China Railway, Belintertrans, RTSB and UTLC Eurasian Rail Alliance.
The service offers a transit time of 10 to 12 days on a 9 400 km route through Kazakhstan, Russia, Belarus, Lithuania and Russia’s Kaliningrad exclave. Shipments enter the EU near Braniewo in Poland, then continue to Hamburg and Neuss near Düsseldorf. CEO of DHL Global Forwarding China Steve Huang said this route was chosen because traffic through the Mamonovo–Braniewo border crossing is smoother than on other routes.
The main ports UK customer’s use to import goods from China:
One of China’s most liveable cities, the port of Qingdao has been recognised by the world bank as one of the most efficient economic areas in China and the world.
A pioneer of economic development, Guangzhou lies on the Pearl River which flows into the South China Sea, enabling easy access to Hong Kong and Macau.
Situated to the north of Hong Kong, Shenzhen was China’s first Special Economic Zone and has experienced rapid economic growth in recent years.
A seaport with over 7,000 years of history, Ningbo housed the second largest port in the world and was recently ranked as the 7th best city for business in China by Forbes Magazine.
China’s most populous city, Shanghai is a major financial centre and the busiest container port in the world.
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