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A train loaded with British goods has set off on the first ever rail freight service from the UK to China, opening up a new international route for exports.
It pulled away from Stanford-le-Hope in Essex on Monday to begin the 7,500-mile journey to Yiwu, where it is due to arrive 17 days later.
The departure came three months after the first freight service from China to the UK arrived in London as part of the revival of the ancient "Silk Road".
Whisky, soft drinks, vitamins, pharmaceuticals and baby products are among the items on board the 30 containers being pulled by a DB Cargo locomotive at the start of their journey from Britain.
They are being transported via the Channel Tunnel on a route through France and Belgium to Duisburg in Germany.