The Port of Duisburg hopes that the importance of the rail link will increase after Xi’s visit.
“We’re in negotiations with companies, such as automakers, on a possible expansion of the service,” Boecker said.
“There are people who aren’t aware that it even exists,” he said. “We hope to increase customers in both directions.”
China is Germany’s top trade partner in Asia, while Germany is China’s leading European partner. Bilateral trade exceeded US$161.5 billion last year.