After its 18-day journey, the first freight train from China to Britain arrived in London on Wednesday [18 January 2017]. The train departed east China’s Yiwu city in Zhejiang province and traveled some 12,000 km before reaching Barking in East London. During its journey, the train passed through Kazakhstan, Russia, Belarus, Poland, Germany, Belgium and France…Full Article: The Global Times Jan 2017

Key Point

  • The freight train transported consumable goods (e.g. household items, clothes, etc.) from Yiwu, Zhejiang Province, to London.

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  • In January 2017, British Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, voiced optimism in increasing agricultural exports to China amid Brexit concerns. From 2015 to 2016, according to the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, UK exports to China increased 50%.
  • In November 2016, freight train service from Yiwu, Zhejiang Province, to Riga, Latvia (via Russia) began operation.
  • In September 2016, a cargo train route from Yiwu, Zhejiang Province, to Mazar-i-Sharif, Afghanistan, began operating.
  • 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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