The first direct freight service from Harbin, capital of northeastern China’s province of Heilongjiang, departed Xiangfang Railway Station in Harbin at 10:00 local time on 13 June 2015, according to local media reports. This service left for Hamburg in Germany.
The entire trip will take cover 9,820 km (6,138 miles) and will run from Manzhouli port into Russia, where it will travel on the Trans-Siberian Railway to Yekaterinburg and Moscow, before passing through Poland to Hamburg, German. This first shipping has goods worth up to USD 3 million. The first train will return to Harbin, China, on 11 July 2015.
Goods from these shippings mainly originate from Northeastern, Northern, and Eastern China, as well as from Japan and Korea; from Europe, goods mostly originate from (or are destined for) Germany, Poland, the Czech Republic, France, Hungary, and Spain, amongst other countries.