The first train reached on September 07, 2016 to Hairatan Afghanistan carrying 84 containers dispatched from Nantong in eastern China’s Jiangsu province on August 25, welcomed by the former governor of Balkh province, Mohammad Ishaq Rahguzar, and the Chinese Ambassador to Afghanistan. Large number of diplomats and representatives of public and Government institutions participated in the ceremony. It was reported to have arrived a day earlier following a 3 000 km transit taking 14 days. Although inauguration of a cargo train service linking China to Afghanistan marks the revival of the ancient Silk Road’. As part of China’s One Belt, One Road initiative to improve Asian transport connectivity, two trains are scheduled to run each month on the route via the Alataw Pass, Kazakhstan and Uzbekistan.