China-Europe freight train services record solid growth in first four months of 2023

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From January to April this year, the China-Europe freight train services has seen a solid growth, with the transport capacity and efficiency continuously rising.

The first four months of 2023, saw the number of China-Europe freight train services increased by 17 percent year on year to 5,611 trips, the China State Railway Group Co., Ltd said on Saturday.

During this period, the freight trains transported about 609,000 20-foot equivalent units (TEU) of goods, up 32 percent from a year ago, the company said.

In April alone, the number of China-Europe freight train trips surged 25 percent year on year to 1,459. The trains transported about 160,000 TEU of goods, representing an increase of 45 percent from a year ago.

As of the end of April, the number of domestic departure cities of the freight train services had reached 109, providing links to 211 cities in 25 European countries.

The opening of most localities on the Chinese mainland for the China-Europe freight train services, has resulted in a rapid growth in bilateral trades between China and other European nations. During the recently concluded China-Central Asia Summit in Xi’an, Northwest China’s Shaanxi Province on Friday, China vowed to strengthen the construction of transportation hubs of China-Europe freight train service.