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China-Europe freight trains continue to increase by nearly a third

RAIL freight between China and Europe has increased by nearly a third compared to 2020, according to the state-run China Global Television Network

15 July 2020 - 19:00

RAIL freight between China and Europe has increased by nearly a third compared to 2020, according to the state-run China Global Television Network.

The increase comes as a surprise during the pandemic with 5,122 trains were reported on the route, a 36 per cent year-on-year increase.



China Railway claims the increase is a result of international cooperation in response to the pandemic and sustained stability in foreign trade and supply chains.



The first China-Europe freight train for pandemic relief left China's Zhejiang Province on March 21 shipping 3.67 million relief products.



Although the China-Europe rail freight field has continued to increase, the air and sea transport links have been negatively affected. More goods have been shifted to China-Europe in response to the pandemic.



Some 46,100 TEU were shipped via the China-Europe freight train, an increase of 41 per cent compared to last year.



A digital port system code-named '95306' was put into operation by China's railway system to facilitate extensive information-sharing and paperless customs declarations among countries along the routes.



Supplementary actions are being done to adequately control and regulate routes and trains to properly work with the increase in operating volume, according to China Railway.


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