China Railway Express container. Photo: JF Hillebrand

Far East Land Bridge boosts Hamburg-China rail service

A new weekly service has been established by rail operator Far East Land Bridge (FELB), in collaboration with the Changsha platform in China, to deliver FCL cargo from the Port of Hamburg to Changsha in just 20-22 days. The route will go via the Erlian, Mongolia route. and FELB plans to use this new option as a continued expansion of their eastbound services.

The service will depart every Saturday from Hamburg and will match the growing demand for eastbound cargo transportation. The train will make its way across Europe and cross at the new border crossing at Erlian. Earlier this year FELB began using the Mongolia route as an alternative route to avoid border congestion. This marks the first time FELB is using this crossing going eastbound.


FELB is in the process of creating competitive eastbound services using rail. One of the major challenges for any cross-continent cargo service is the returning of containers back to their origin to handle the next round of transportation. With attractive eastbound services, containers can be returned to China filled with products and producing smoother logistics than ever before!

A new Shanghai office space, reefer containers with dairy products from Switzerland and solutions for dangerous and toxic cargo are all part of FELB’s 2017 initiative to find solutions to problems that have existed for years. With dangerous cargo, the Chinese laws do not allow trains to transport certain materials within Chinese borders by rail. But with FELB’s solutions it is now possible via a trip across Russia to the Vostochnyy terminal near the Chinese border where the remainder of the journey can be handled by a short sea trip.

Author: Simon Weedy

Simon is a journalist for - a dedicated online platform for all the news about the rail freight sector

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