Xi's 'Silk Railway' halves delivery time to Europe

The delivery time of Chinese goods to Europe has been cut by almost half by a direct rail link between China and Turkey.

It takes 12 days for cargo trains to run the 4,000-mile "Silk Railway" route between the city of Xi'an in central China and Izmit, located 70 miles southeast of Istanbul on the coast of the Marmara Sea.

Services operated by Maersk, a Danish shipping company, leave Xi'an every Tuesday.

Some onward branches of the line have been brought into operation, heading from Turkey to the Black Sea and on to eastern and southern Europe.

It will now take only 18 days for goods to travel from China into Europe, compared with about 30 days when transported by sea.

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