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China-Europe freight-train service sees surging growth in H1

Xinhua | Updated: 2021-07-10 20:39

A crane loads containers onto a China-Europe freight train carrying automobiles, furniture and daily necessities before its departure from Tianjin on Feb 24. [Photo by Sun Lijun/For China Daily]

BEIJING - The China-Europe freight-train service has handled 7,377 trips in the first half of this year, up 43 percent from the same period last year, data from the China State Railway Group Co., Ltd. showed.

The freight trains have carried about 707,000 20-foot equivalent unit containers of goods in the six-month period, surging 52 percent year on year.

Launched in 2011, the freight trains have reached 168 cities in 23 European countries and recorded more than 40,000 trips, according to the group.

The freight trains have played a crucial role in stabilizing the international logistics supply chain, promoting Sino-European trade and helping with the global fight against the COVID-19 pandemic.

Around 94,000 tonnes of anti-pandemic supplies were sent through the route as of late June, official data showed.

In 2020, the freight trains made 12,406 trips, up 50 percent year on year.

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