duisport records 50 trains per week: Chinese transports reach historic level in April.

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  • Further growth with more destinations in the China network.

In the last month, rail-based merchandise traffic with China reached a new record. Normally, between 35 and 40 trains travel between Duisburg and various destinations in China every week. This number had declined in February and March. But since the lock-down was lifted in some provinces, China’s economy has quickly started up again. Last month, the Port of Duisburg registered an increase to approximately 50 trains a week.

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“We are definitely noticing the catch-up effects resulting from the pandemic in the China business. But at the same time we’ve continued to work intensively on our network and in April we extended our train services to include further Chinese destinations. Our strategic cooperation with all of the relevant logistics hubs in China make rail transportation even more attractive for our customers. Currently, Duisburg is already one of the preferred destinations for Chinese rail freight transport in Europe. As a high-performance logistics hub, we also offer the market advantage of rapid onward transport to other destinations such as the sea ports on the European coasts.

It is particularly in our crisis situation that rail freight becomes an important alternative to ocean freight,” says duisport Chief Executive Officer Erich Staake.

The Port of Duisburg is considered a pioneer for rail freight between Europe and Asia. The first regular train from the Chinese mega city Chongqing to Duisburg already started in 2011. In 2014, the Yuxinou train became the first direct permanent rail connection between Germany and China. Since then, the number of freight trains traveling regularly between the People’s Republic and Duisburg has steadily increased: At this time, 30 percent of the entire rail-based trade between Europe and China runs through the Duisburg logistics hub. And of the 1,400 trains out of Chongqing that are destined for Europe, around 80 percent were handled in the Port of Duisburg last year – a number that continues to increase.

“I have to compliment my team: Our operations are running at 100 percent despite the corona crisis. We were well prepared for the increased volume of goods transported by rail. We are also holding available additional storage space and customized solutions for onward transport. Thanks to our committed staff, our network also functions in times of crisis,” says Erich Staake.


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Regular rail traffic to Wuhan resumes:

There are a lot more goods flowing out of China again: One of the first trains carrying goods out of Wuhan since the outbreak of the coronavirus pandemic was welcomed to the premises of the Hutchison Port in Duisburg (formerly DeCeTe) by North-Rhine Westphalia’s Transportation Minister Hendrik Wüst, Feng Haiyang, the Consul General of the People’s Republic of China in Düsseldorf, Dr. Roland Pütz, Managing Director of Hutchison Ports Duisburg, and duisport CEO Erich Staake.

China’s industrial production is returning to its former strength after the epidemic has subsided in that country. The metropolis of Wuhan, which has been a partner city of Duisburg since 1982, along with the entire province of Hubei, were cut off from all goods and passenger transport for approximately two months. Wuhan is considered the starting point of the global coronavirus pandemic.

The Port of Duisburg was also affected by the impact of the massive restrictions imposed in Hubei province and experienced a significant drop in goods coming in from China and other Asian countries (e.g. South Korea), particularly in the month of March.
Approximately 40 trains now once again travel between Duisburg and various destinations in China every week. This volume was considerably reduced during the coronavirus crisis in China. Half of all shipping traffic with China came to a temporary standstill. But since the lock-down was lifted, China's economy has quickly started up again.

“Our country was hard hit by the outbreak of the coronavirus pandemic. But we are confident that things will slowly return to normal. The resumption of international rail transport from Hubei is an important part of this process, and a reliable option for industry and trade. We rely on our strong connection with duisport as a major logistics hub in central Europe,” says Feng Haiyang, Consul General of the People’s Republic of China in Düsseldorf.

“The travel ban for the city of Wuhan was lifted on 24 March, after 76 days in isolation. The end of the lock-down for this city, which was so hard hit by the coronavirus, also has a symbolic meaning. We all know that the coronavirus crisis will continue to have a lingering effect in North Rhine-Westphalia and also in China. The fight against the virus is still on-going, but the fact that rail traffic between Asia and Europe is working smoothly again is a good sign that things are going back to normal,” explained Hendrik Wüst, Transportation Minister of the federal state of North Rhine-Westphalia.

“It won't be long until we have returned to the previous level of trade with China. While the Port of Duisburg felt the consequences of the pandemic with a certain delay, I definitely expect to see some catch-up effects with regard to the China business,” says duisport Chief Executive Officer Erich Staake. “As early as in the second half of April, we expect to see significantly higher volumes of goods, to which the duisport Group will respond with increased terminal capacities and short-term storage solutions. Our network also works in crisis situations,” adds Staake.

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