The Silk Railway: freight train from China pulls up in Madrid
Global Trade Management
DECEMBER 11, 2014
En route it passed through Kazakhstan, Russia, Belarus, Poland, Germany and France before arriving at the Abroñigal freight terminal in Madrid. It consisted of 30 containers carrying 1,400 tonnes of cargo – mostly toys, stationery and other items for sale over Christmas across Europe. It is also Spain’s third largest source of imports, after Germany and France. However, the cargo had to be transferred three times during the journey as a result of incompatible rail gauges.