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Shaanxi promotes China-Europe trains in Finland

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Updated: 2018-06-14

Shaanxi promotes China-Europe trains in Finland

Marita Toikka, mayor of Kouvola, speaks at the promotion on June 8. [Photo/xiancity.cn]

Xi'an Port in Shaanxi province is seeking cooperation in international trade and logistics by introducing their "Chang'an" China-Europe freight trains in Finland.

The news was unveiled at a promotion seminar in Helsinki, capital of Finland, on June 8.

The meeting was hosted by the Shaanxi provincial People's Political Consultative, Xi'an International Trade and Logistics Park Administrative Committee and Shaanxi Provincial Committee of the Chinese People's Political Consultative Conference (CPPCC) and organized by the rail service providers, Xi'an International Land Port Investment & Development Co and Kouvola Innovative Oy.

Han Yong, chairman of the Shaanxi Provincial Committee of the CPPCC, described the historical culture of Shaanxi province while also touching on its convenient location and transportation.

The Xi'an-Kouvola train has laid a solid foundation for future trade and cultural exchange between Shaanxi province and Finland, Han said.

Xi'an Port, China's largest inland port, has established trade and economic ties with over 190 countries and regions and has become an investment hotspot.

Han invited Finnish friends of all circles to share in the benefits brought by the "Chang'an" trains by taking advantage of Xi'an Port.

Shaanxi promotes China-Europe trains in Finland

Han Yong, chairman of the Shaanxi Provincial Committee of the Chinese People's Political Consultative Conference (CPPCC) introduces Shaanxi province to participants. [Photo/xiancity.cn]

Direct flights between China and Finland and the Kouvola-China Express have formed a competitive fast transportation corridor between Asia and Northern Europe, according to Marita Toikka, mayor of Kouvola.

Toikka also revealed that Xi'an and Kouvola are planning a "Northern Eurasia Growth Platform", which will rely on the logistic network between the two cities to create new opportunities for companies in Northern Europe and China by building a delivery and supply center, a manufacturing center and a data center.

"Kouvola, as Finland's rail city, handles two million tons of cargo each year. We will add a brand new container loading area to the 1,100-meter-long train to further improve efficiency", said Martti Husu, managing director of Kouvola Innovation Ltd.

Xi'an International Land Port Investment & Development Co and its subsidiaries signed agreements with renowned Finnish logistics company Eliron Logistics and leading international trade company Suppilog to explore more trade possibilities.

The Xi'an-Kouvola rail link was launched on Sept 10, 2017 and passes through Finland, Russia and Kazakhstan before reaching China. The 9,110-kilometer journey takes just 12 days, one third of the time needed by sea transport.

A total of 18 trains are in service along the route, 10 outbound trains and eight inbound, carrying papermaking equipment, elevator assemblies and light industrial products.

Kouvola lies at the junction of the northern European country's north-south and east-west railways and is a major road transport hub, providing convenient access to the rest of the country.

Shaanxi promotes China-Europe trains in Finland

A Chang'an freight train departs from Kouvola, Finland, heading for Xi'an, Shaanxi province. [Photo provided to chinadaily.com.cn]

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