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Silk Road to boost cargo

GERMAN state rail operator Deutsche Bahn yesterday said it aimed to sharply raise cargo traffic to China following a record year, using the world’s longest train line in a modern-day revival of the Silk Road route.

More than 40,000 containers were transported between the two countries in 2016, up from 35,000 a year earlier and “the largest volume of goods” moved on the iron link so far, Deutsche Bahn said. “This is a good basis from which to increase the number of containers to about 100,000 by 2020,” board member Ronald Pofalla said.

The trans-Eurasian rail spans 12,000 kilometers, passing through Poland, Belarus, Russia, Kazakhstan and Mongolia before stopping at several Chinese cities.


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