The port of Rotterdam recently gained its first direct rail connection with China. In the night of Friday leading into Saturday, the Maersk shipping company despatched a 640-m long freight train to the provincial capital of Xi’an in China. Xi'an is the eastern terminus of China’s New Silk Road.
The train was carrying Nestlé powdered baby milk, which had been produced in Ireland and transported to the port of Rotterdam by short sea shipping.
The first direct freight train to China was put together at Rail Service Center Rotterdam. ©Danny Cornelissen