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International freight train from Linyi to Gwadar Port begins operation

(People's Daily Online)    13:26, May 10, 2016

International freight train "Linyi" is put into operation on April 30. (Photo/qlwb.com.cn)

The international freight train "Linyi," which travels from Linyi in Shandong province to Gwadar Port in Pakistan via Kashgar in the Xinjiang Uygur Autonomous Region, was put into operation on April 30.

The city of Linyi has over 130 specialized wholesale markets, with its total trading volume reaching 300 billion yuan in 2015. Kashgar is also an important trade port in western China. In recently years, the cargo trade volume between the two cities has continually increased. In 2015, over 400,000 tons of cargo from Liyin was transported to western Asia via Kashgar.

Lian Maoyong, Deputy General Manager of Shandong Asia-Europe International Logistics Company, said that the plywood, hardware and other commodities from Linyi are popular in the West Asia market. Cargo gets transported to Kashgar by train and then transported to Gwadar Port by truck. The whole journey is over 8,000 kilometers and takes 10 days. Compared with sea transportation, the highway-railway combined transport can save both time and money. 

The Linyi freight train is expected to reach an annual freight volume of 400,000 tons and realize a trade value of 2 billion yuan. 

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