A cargo train linking Germany and northwest China’s Xinjiang Uygur Autonomous Region began operation on Saturday [28 May 2016], local authorities said. It takes ten days for the train to reach Germany’s industrial city of Duisburg from Xinjiang’s regional capital Urumqi over a distance of 8,000 km, during which it goes through Kazakhstan, Russia and Poland, said Xu Yongxin, general manager of the company that undertook the project…Full Article: ECNS.cn May 2016

Key Point

  • Xinjiang Region will export chemical products, tomato sauce, and textiles (e.g. cotton), while Germany will export food, furniture, electronics, and healthcare products.

ChinaAg Comments

  • In April 2016, freight train service between Lyon, France, and Wuhan, China (via Alataw Pass in Xinjiang Region), began operation. The new train route, part of China’s Belt and Road Initiative, was expected to transport agricultural goods and wine (among others).
  • In July 2015, Yunnan Province began container train service (shipping coffee and other goods) to Europe. As a result, the transit time from Kunming, Yunnan Province, to Rotterdam, Netherlands, was shorten to 15 days (vs. 30 days by sea).
  • In late 2013, the Xi’an-Almaty cargo train route (~6 days) was opened and generally only carried goods from China to Kazakhstan, but has now began shipping goods into China in early 2016.
  • In December 2013, the Zeleny corridor opened in Bakhty, East Kazakhstan Province and in its cross border checkpoint in Paikitu, Xinjiang Region, China.
  • In the Autumn of 2013, Chinese President Xi Jinping launched The Silk Road Economic Belt and the 21st-century Maritime Silk Road, a strategic initiative to boost the economic development and trade of countries lying along the South China Sea, Bay of Bengal, Arabian Sea, Indian Ocean, and Red Sea, as well as overland in Central Asia and Europe.

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