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German rail giant ramps up ‘Silk Road’ freight line to China

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Thelocal / German state rail operator Deutsche Bahn said Thursday it planned to significantly step up cargo transport 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 (DB) said in a statement.

“This is a good basis from which to increase the number of containers to about 100,000 by 2020,” DB board member Ronald Pofalla said.

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