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China-Europe freight train brings Shaanxi into new era

Updated: 2019-01-14

The China-Europe Chang'an international freight train officially began operating at Xi'an Port in the Xi'an International Trade and Logistics (ITL) Park on Nov 28, 2013.

The train made 1,235 trips and delivered 1.2 million metric tons of goods in 2018, 6.37 and 5.18 times more than the previous year, respectively.

The total value of goods transported by the train was $1.72 billion, 8.7 times higher than the previous year.

ITL Park allows logistics enterprises to take part in the operation of the Chang'an freight train by contracting out freight routes.

Many enterprises have already cooperated with ITL Park, helping build it into a logistics hub.

Over the past two years, the Chang’an freight train has delivered a total of 206 varieties of goods, divided into 6 categories: industrial materials, mechanical equipment, construction materials, industrial spare parts, food, and light industrial products. The amount of wheat and mung beans imported from Central Asia, as well as the number of cars and auto parts imported from Europe, increases year by year.

To take better advantage of the Xi'an grain port, the Chang'an freight train has introduced trains for delivering grain from Central Asia to Xi'an. It has also launched a special Volvo train to deliver finished cars to the Xi'an Port and distribute them throughout the country.

COFCO Trading and Yihai Kerry are currently planning to import grain and oil products from Kazakhstan via the Chang'an freight train, making Xi'an a grain and oil distribution center.

The increased capacity of the freight train has helped drive the rapid growth of Shaanxi province's trade with Central Asia.

In the first three quarters of 2018, the value of Shaanxi's trade with Central Asia reached 760 million yuan ($112.79 million), representing a year-on-year growth of 71.2 percent. The province's exports were worth 640 million yuan and its imports amounted to 120 million yuan, year-on-year increases of 88.1 percent and 15.1 percent, respectively.