Shanghai’s first China-Europe freight train service launched

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Photo taken on Oct. 9, 2019 shows one of the containers on the China Railway Express (Yiwu-Liege) eWTP-Cainiao, a new China-Europe freight train service, at Yiwu West Railway Station in Yiwu, east China's Zhejiang Province. The eastern Chinese city of Yiwu, home to the world's leading small commodities market, opened a new freight train route to Belgium's Liege on Wednesday. Loaded with 82 standard containers of commodities, the train is projected to arrive in Liege in about 20 days and runs twice a week. The new service has brought the total China-Europe train routes originating from Yiwu to 11, connecting the city with 37 countries and regions across Eurasia. (Xinhua/Huang Zongzhi)

Shanghai, China’s economic hub, launched a freight train service to Hamburg, Germany on Tuesday, marking the first cross-border railway service between Shanghai and Europe.

The “Shanghai Express” is loaded with 50 containers with cargoes such as apparels, auto parts, solar panels, tableware, furniture, daily necessities, machine parts and lamps.

It will leave China via the Alataw Pass in Xinjiang Uygur Autonomous Region and arrive in Hamburg about two weeks later.

According to Shanghai Customs, trains along this route will run regularly every week, while new routes will be opened, providing new logistics options for enterprises at home and abroad.

According to China Railway, Europe-China freight trains have made a total of 10,030 trips in the first 8 months of the year, up by 32 percent.

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