The eastern Chinese city of Yiwu, home to the world’s leading small commodities market, saw its first freight train leave for Afghanistan on Sunday [28 August 2016]. It is the fifth cargo train route linking Yiwu to Europe or Asia. Cargo train routes already in service connect Yiwu with countries including Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, Tajikistan, Turkmenistan, Uzbekistan, Spain, Iran, and Russia…Full Article: ECNS.cn Aug 2016

Key Point

  • The train route from Yiwu, Zhejiang Province, to Mazar-i-Sharif, Afghanistan will take 15 days, with service expected to run weekly by the end of 2016.

ChinaAg Comment

  • Zhejiang China Commodity City Group (CCC Group) manages the Yiwu Market, a commodity market that primarily focuses on consumable and durable goods.

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