CBI member DP World provided the starting point for an historic return freight train journey to China.
The first freight train to run from Britain to China was due to depart on Monday, carrying vitamins, baby products and other goods.
The 7,500-mile journey from eastern England to eastern China will take three weeks, around half the time needed for the equivalent journey by boat.
The first freight train from China arrived in Britain in January. The train will leave a depot at Stanford-Le-Hope in Essex for Barking in east London, before passing through the Channel Tunnel into France and on to Belgium, Germany, Poland, Belarus, Russia and Kazakhstan.
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