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Nippon Express eyeing rail cargo service to Europe via China

China's new Silk Road to offer Japanese manufacturers a third shipping option

Cargo trains like this one now connect China and Europe regularly as part of the Asian country's Belt and Road infrastructure initiative.

TOKYO -- Nippon Express seeks to capitalize on China's Belt and Road Initiative to offer speedy, low-cost transport of autoparts and other cargo between Japan and Europe via trans-Eurasia trains.

The Japanese company now offers either air or marine shipment of cargo between Japan and Europe. Around this coming spring, it will add service combining air or marine shipment between Japan and China with train transport between China and Europe for moving goods from Japan to Europe and vice versa.

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