One of the first trains carrying goods out of Wuhan since the outbreak of the coronavirus pandemic has arrived at the Hutchison Port in Duisburg.
Wuhan, which has been a partner city of Duisburg since 1982, along with the entire province of Hubei, were cut off from all goods and passenger transport for approximately two months.
Feng Haiyang, consul general of the People’s Republic of China in Düsseldorf, commented: “Our country was hard hit by the outbreak of the coronavirus pandemic.
“But we are confident that things will slowly return to normal. The resumption of international rail transport from Hubei is an important part of this process, and a reliable option for industry and trade. We rely on our strong connection with Duisport as a major logistics hub in central Europe,”
Hendrik Wust, transportation minister of the federal state of North Rhine-Westphalia, added: “The travel ban for the city of Wuhan was lifted on 24 March, after 76 days in isolation. The end of the lock-down for this city, which was so hard hit by the coronavirus, also has a symbolic meaning.
“We all know that the coronavirus crisis will continue to have a lingering effect in North Rhine-Westphalia and also in China. The fight against the virus is still on-going, but the fact that rail traffic between Asia and Europe is working smoothly again is a good sign that things are going back to normal,”