A freight train route has been put into operation between northeast China’s Heilongjiang Province and Belarus, taking around half the transportation time of the traditional sea route. A train departed from Harbin, capital of Heilongjiang, earlier this month and will travel nearly 10,000 kilometers in around 16 days before reaching Minsk, capital of Belarus, according to Harbin government…Full Article: ECNS.cn June 2017

Key Point

  • The freight train (42 containers) exported textile and other products to Belarus. Going forward, China hopes to export electronics and other high value-added goods.

ChinaAg Comments

  • In March 2017, an agricultural official for Harbin (Heilongjiang Province) led a Chinese delegation to Belarus. The delegation was interested in working with Belarus on agricultural projects related to harvesting machinery for wheat, rice, and potatoes. This includes continuing cooperation with Belarus’ Gomselmash (farming machinery company) and expanding ties with Belarus’ Spartak (chocolate) candy company. For instance, a joint venture between Gomselmash and China’s Zoomlion may be established, while Spartak candies have been certified (as of March 2017) for sale in eight Chinese provinces. Also during this month, freight train service between Sichuan Province’s Chengdu and Minsk began operating. In 2016, 460 freight train cars ran from Chengdu (Sichuan Province) to Poland, Germany, and the Netherlands. Chengdu plans to double this figure to 1,000 trips in 2017.
  • In January 2017, freight train service between Hunan Province’s Changsha and Minsk began operating. This was Hunan Province’s fifth international freight rail route, following Hamburg (Germany), Warsaw (Poland), Moscow (Russia), and Tashkent (Uzbekistan).

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