China’s eastern port city of Xiamen will open a freight train service to Moscow on April 21, according to a meeting Thursday [13 April 2017]. The train will go via the cities of Nanchang, Nanjing, Jinan and Jinzhou, and pass Manzhouli Port before entering Russia…Full Article: ECNS.cn Apr 2017

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  • The freight train service between Moscow-Xiamen (~14 days) will be operated by Xiamen Haicang Investment Group.

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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.
  • In November 2016, freight train service from Yiwu, Zhejiang Province, to Riga, Latvia (via Russia) began operation.
  • In October 2016, two new Russian Far East trade corridors with the Chinese provinces of Jilin and Heilongjiang were under construction. The Pogranichny-Suifenhe border checkpoint in China’s Heilongjiang Province and Russia’s Primorsky Krai is a major overland trade hub. However, Russia is constructing two international transportation corridors (Primorye 1 and Primorye 2) that will link up with the Chinese provinces of Heilongjiang and Jilin. Both transportation corridors will be administrated by the city of Vladivostok.
  • In May 2016, freight train service from China’s Ürümqi to Kazakhstan’s Almaty (aka Alma-Ata) began operating once a week. In November 2016, the Ürümqi-Almaty cargo route was increased to daily service.
  • 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.
  • In 2013, Xiamen was China’s 9th busiest port in terms of TEUs throughput (8 million TEUs).
  • In 2011, Xiamen was China’s 8th busiest port in terms of Twenty-foot Equivalent Units throughput (6.5 million TEUs in 2011).

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