3,000th Yiwu-Xinjiang-Europe freight train journey underway
The 3,000th Yiwu-Xinjiang-Europe freight train journey starts at Yiwu West station in Yiwu, Zhejiang province, on Aug 19. [Photo provided to chinadaily.com.cn]
On Aug 19, a freight train loaded with 100 twenty-foot equivalent units (TEU) of cargo departed from Yiwu West station in Yiwu, Zhejiang province, for the Khorgos land port in the Xinjiang Uygur autonomous region, where the cargo will be transported to the Baltic seaport in Rostock, Germany.
This was the 3,000th Yiwu-Xinjiang-Europe freight train journey. Bills of lading for property rights and relevant bank credit services had been signed and issued to the freight train, a milestone event that marked the growing presence of made-in-China products in the global market.
The cargo on the train included automobiles, Christmas decorations, electronics, down jackets, and fitness equipment to be sold in Europe.
Thousands of categories of cargo have been transported via the Yiwu-Xinjiang-Europe freight train service. The proportion of automobiles, engineering equipment, smart home appliances, toys, and teas has been consistently rising.
This year, the service frequency of the Yiwu-Xinjiang-Europe freight trains remained between four and 10 journeys per day. As of Aug 19, 877 China-Europe freight train services had been conducted in Yiwu this year, including 668 outbound trains and 209 inbound ones.
The total value of exports and imports delivered by the Yiwu-Xinjiang-Europe freight train service over the first seven months was 18.97 billion yuan, more than double the amount in the same period last year.
A signing ceremony for bank credit services related to bills of lading for property rights on the freight train is held at Yiwu West Station on Aug 19. [Photo provided to chinadaily.com.cn]