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China-Europe freight train takes Volvo SUVs to Europe

Updated: 2019-07-05

Loaded with 190 Volvo Cars' XC60 SUVs, the China-Europe Chang'an freight train arrived in Ghent, Belgium on July 4, marking the first Volvo models made in China to be exported to Europe by the freight train.

With a total journey of 9,783 kilometers, the freight train originated from Xi'an Port and arrived in Ghent after 18 days, via Kazakhstan, Russia, Belarus, Poland, and Germany.


The China-Europe Chang'an freight train arrives in Ghent, Belgium on July 4, loaded with 190 Volvo Cars' XC60 SUVs. [Photo by Pan Geping/xinhuanet.com]

The models will be distributed from Belgium to 25 countries in Europe, including Ireland, Iceland, Germany, France, Netherlands, Sweden, Switzerland, Italy, and the United Kingdom.

The return trip will also bring Volvo's XC90 SUVs produced in Sweden and the V-series wagons produced at the Ghent plant to China.


The Volvo's XC90 SUVs produced in Sweden. [Photo by Pan Geping/xinhuanet.com]

For the first time, the freight train adopted a new type of "container + roll container" mixed transportation mode, referring to container transport from Xi'an to Malaszewicze, Poland and roll container transport from Malaszewicze to Ghent.


The Volvo models made in China arrive in Ghent though the China-Europe Chang'an freight train. [Photo by Pan Geping/xinhuanet.com]

Zhai Ruopeng, deputy general manager of Xi'an International Lugang Investment Development Group Co, said that Xi'an Port has fully utilized its assembly hub function and channel advantages of multiple transportation modes, enabling more products made in China to enter the European market, as well as adding new channels for European products to enter the Chinese market.