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The Port of Duisburg

Building the New Silk Road Together

The Port of Duisburg (Duisport) has agreed on a strategic and project-related cooperation with China Merchants Logistics Holdings Co. Ltd. (CML), the logistics division of the China Merchants Group (CMG). The agreement was signed in Hong Kong by Sigmar Gabriel, Minister of Economic Affairs, Michael Groschek, and Duisport chairman, Erich Staake, during their trip to China. 

CMG is a leading corporation in the transport/infrastructure sector and Hong Kong finance sector. It has 31 ports in 18 countries and operates 1148 logistics centers in major metropolitan areas.

Erich Staake (front right), Chairman of the Board of Duisburger Hafen AG (duisport), signed cooperation agreements with high-ranking Chinese business partners in Hong Kong in the presence of Federal Minister of Economics Sigmar Gabriel and NRW Transport Minister Michael Groschek (right) Hu Zheng, Director of CMG, Zhang Rui, General Manager of CML, Zhao Huxing, Vice-Chairman of CMG l © Manfred Knopp

Already today, about 20 trains run between the Port of Duisburg and various destinations in China. As well as this new trade route, which strategically operates among the Chinese under the Silk Road Initiative "one belt, one road", the CMG and Duisport want to implement new projects together in the Trans-Eurasian area. In addition to the better connection to the markets in Western Europe, China also wants to further develop its provinces economically in Central China and in the west of the country through the Silk Road Initiative. 

Additionally, during his visit to the city of Chengdu, Mr. Staake signed a co-operation agreement with the Chengdu International Railway Port Investment Co. Ltd. (CDIRPI), a fully-owned subsidiary of Chengdu Industry Investment Co. Ltd, which is planning a significant increase in the freight transport from China to Europe directly via Duisburg. Duisport has already been working long-term with the large Chinese cities of Chengdu, Chongqing and Urumdi in the Northwest with the Silk Road Initiative. 

Staake is sure that the agreed cooperation with China will lead to higher turnover figures in the Port of Duisburg, "We want to develop Duisport as the leading hub in Europe for China's transports."

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