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European products reach west China by train

By Huang Jin (People's Daily Online)    13:10, September 09, 2015
European products reach west China by train
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A Chengdu-Europe freight train carrying 41 containers filled with European beers, drinks, biscuits and other products arrived in Chengdu at 5 p.m. on Sunday.

It is the first time that Chengdu-Europe express train has realized the return services, which marks another major breakthrough in the construction of the International logistics channel in west China. It also provides a new path for trade and economic exchanges between China and Europe. 

"Within this year, French red wine, Polish beef and German vehicles will be transported to China by the Chengdu-Europe express rail cargo service," said Chen Zhongxiong, head of Chengdu Logistics Development Office.

As one of the important channels of China's Belt and Road initiative, Chengdu-Europe express train started operation on April 26, 2013. The train starts from Chengdu, the capital of western China's Sichuan province, passes through Kazakhstan, Russia, Belarus and ends at Lodz, Poland, the new transport hub in continental Europe, traveling a distance of 9,826 kilometers. 

As of Aug. 22, the Chengdu-Europe express train had transported goods with total value of 693 million USD. "From Chengdu to Lodz it takes about 11 days, one-third of the time of traditional shipping and rail transportation. After the goods arrive at Lodz, they would be allocated to other European countries in 1 to 3 days," said Wan Wenjun, vice general manager of Chengdu-Europe express rail cargo service.

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