A new China-Europe freight train service began Monday, linking Zhengzhou, capital of central China's Henan Province, with Munich, Germany.
A train loaded with electrical equipment left Zhengzhou Monday night and will arrive at Munich 15 to 16 days later.
The train will start its return trip on Sept. 5.
Zhengzhou opened its first China-Europe freight train route to Hamburg in July 2013. The number of cargo trains has increased dramatically under the Belt and Road Initiative.
The new route to Munich will help lower transportation costs to southern and central European countries, said Huo Xiaohua, a customs manager with Zhengzhou International Hub Development and Construction Co., Ltd.
Munich is renowned for its auto industry. The new freight route will also boost the import of brand name automobiles in the future, Huo said.