Xi’an seizes BRI opportunities
With the help of the Belt and Road Initiative (BRI), Xi'an has been continuously strengthening cooperation with a number of regions, cities, and ports in recent years.
Relying on the China-Europe freight train, Xi'an Port in the Xi'an International Trade and Logistics (ITL) Park is becoming China's largest inland international transit hub, a trade and logistics distribution center, and the new center of Xi'an.
Deng Yanjie, deputy chief engineer of the Water Sciences Institute under the Ministry of Transportation, said that the BRI has entered a phase of high-quality development. Xi'an is an ideal place to build the China-Europe freight train collection center and a large channel for land and sea intermodal transportation.
Wu Jingyu, director of the Coordination Center of the China-Europe Freight Train Service, suggested that Xi'an promote its timber, food, and automobiles in Central and West Asia.
The "Proposal on Building the Belt and Road (Xi'an) Land and Sea Intermodal Channel" was recently released at the China-Europe Railway Express (Xi'an) Collection Center Cooperation Forum.
The proposal sets three major tasks. First, Xi'an should improve customs clearance procedures and reduce international logistics costs, giving the China-Europe freight train a long-term competitive advantage in the international market.
Second, relying on the institutional advantages offered by the Shaanxi Pilot Free Trade Zone, Xi'an will conduct research into innovative logistics models to promote a standardized and consistent sea-rail combined transport system and enhance brand effectiveness.
Third, the city will establish a more open market-oriented cooperation model and continuously improve upon international standards for land and sea transportation.
Sun Yimin, director of the management committee of ITL Park, said that Xi'an Port will continue strengthening cooperation with various inland provinces, coastal ports, border ports, and major enterprises.