China-Europe freight train trips up in H1

Shipping containers loaded with construction materials departed by train from Langfang, Hebei province on July 4 and will arrive in Tashkent, Uzbekistan, in about 12 days. [Photo provided to]

BEIJING — China-Europe freight train services saw steady growth in the first half (H1) of this year, official data showed Thursday.

The number of China-Europe freight train services increased by 16 percent year-on-year to 8,641 trips during the January-June period, according to the China State Railway Group Co Ltd. Some 936,000 20-foot equivalent units (TEU) of goods were transported via freight trains, up 30 percent.

As China’s foreign trade remained stable, the company said it increased train capacity, added new routes, offered customized services, and strengthened land port construction during the period to meet robust cross-border transport demand.

Starting operations in 2011, China-Europe freight train services have offered a secure and reliable channel between Asia and Europe, transporting a variety of goods from IT products and automobiles to wines and coffee beans.

As of the end of June, the train services had reached 216 cities in 25 European countries, with more than 6.9 million TEU of goods handled through 73,000 train trips.

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