Cargo train services have begun between Xi’an, capital of northwest China’s Shaanxi Province, and Uzbekistan. A train carrying 1,000 tonnes of cotton yarn in 41 carriages arrived on Friday [24 February 2017] at Xinzhu station in Xi’an from Tashkent, said an official with Xi’an railway bureau…Full Article: The Global Times Feb 2017

Key Point

  • Approximately 3,000 MTs of Uzbek cotton yarn will be exported monthly to eastern and northern China.

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  • In December 2016, freight train service between Xi’an (Shaanxi Province) and Moscow began operation. The Xi’an-Moscow freight train service took 11 days (via Kazakhstan) and followed the previously opened routes of Xi’an-Warsaw and Xi’an-Hamburg.
  • From 2011 to 2015, mainland Chinese imports of cotton from Uzbekistan decreased from US$554 million to US$547 million. In 2015, the bulk of mainland imports were raw/unprocessed cotton (US$285 million) and cotton yarn (US$261 million).

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