The first refrigerated-container train in northwest China’s Xinjiang Uygur Autonomous Region left Horgos Saturday [10 June 2017] for the eastern Chinese city of Hangzhou. The train with 40 refrigerated-containers is 620 meters long. It carried about 1,160 tonnes of concentrate juice from the border port of Horgos to Hangzhou…Full Article: ECNS.cn June 2017

Key Point

  • Prior to refrigerated train service, Xinjiang Region primarily imported fruit juice via trucks and its supporting highway network.

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  • In May 2017, China COSCO Shipping Corporation (i.e. COSCO and China Shipping – merged in 2016) and Jiangsu Lianyungang Port bought a 49% stake in Kazakhstan’s Khorgos-East Gate Special Economic Zone.
  • In mid-March 2017, Horgos (Khorgas) border center launched 12 self-service customs clearance checkpoints.
  • In August 2016, China’s first refrigerated-container train (transporting pear, pomelos, garlic, etc.) left Dalian, Liaoning Province, for Moscow. The new refrigerated-container train route will cut shipping times by 60% versus traditional shipping routes (ship and rail). Once crossing the border into Russia, the Chinese goods will be transferred onto a Russian freight train near Lake Baikal.
  • In April 2012, the Horgos (Khorgas) International Border Cooperation Center opened on the Chinese-Kazakh border.
  • Located in Xinjiang Region’s Ili Kazakh Autonomous Prefecture, Khorgas is a border city located along the ancient Silk Road route. In 2013, a year after the establishment of its free trade zone, Khorgas recorded US$11 million in bilateral trade with Kazakhstan. As of late 2014, the Chinese side of the border city was considerably more developed than its Kazakh side.

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