A new China-Europe freight train service began Monday, linking Zhengzhou, capital of central China’s Henan Province, with Munich, Germany. A train loaded with electrical equipment left Zhengzhou Monday [21 August 2017] night and will arrive at Munich 15 to 16 days later…Full Article: ECNS.cn Aug 2017

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  • In July 2013, Zhengzhou launched its China-Europe freight train route to Hamburg, Germany.

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  • In June 2017, direct cargo flights between USA’s Amazon.com (NASDAQ:AMZN) and Zhengzhou, Henan Province, began operation.
  • In April 2017, free trade zones (FTZ) began operating in the provinces of Liaoning, Zhejiang, Henan, Hubei, Sichuan, and Shaanxi, as well as Chongqing municipality. It was noted that Henan’s FTZ would transform the province into a national transport and logistics hub.
  • 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).
  • In 2016, Zhengzhou International Airport imported 275,000 MTs of cargo (including fruit, seafood, meat, Australian live cattle, etc.), a 21% increase from 2015.
  • 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 May 2016, a cargo train route linking Duisburg, western Germany, with Ürümqi, Xinjiang Region, (via Kazakhstan, Russia and Poland) began operation.
  • 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 2011, the Chongqing-Germany intercontinental railway began operations. As of June 2016, 45% of all exports shipped by rail were loaded at Chongqing.

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