With more than 40 containers on it, the cargo train bound for Chinese inland city of Xi’an departed Kouvola, southeastern Finland, on Friday [10 November 2017]. It will take 17 days to run 9,000 km to cross the Eurasia continent, passing through countries including Russia and Kazakhstan, before reaching its final destination of the northwest China’s Xi’an, one of the oldest cities in China…Full Article: The Global Times Nov 2017

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  • The Kouvola-Xi’an freight train was packed with Finnish machinery, timber, and other goods.

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  • In June 2016, Finnish papermaker Stora Enso began operating a board-and-pulp factory in Guangxi Region, southern China. The Finnish factory will produce liquid packaging board, a high quality material used to manufacture beverage (e.g. milk and juice) cartons. Liquid packaging board cartons allow for long-distance distribution. The factory will have an annual production capacity of 450,000 tons of liquid packaging board.
  • From January to June 2016, according to the Finnish Sawmill Industry Association, Finnish timber exports to China increased 16% year-on-year. According to the CEO of Kinnaskoski (sawmill in western Finland), China’s furniture industry has spurred demand for sawn timber.
  • From 2011 to 2015, Chinese imports of sawn timber from Finland increased from 134,629 cubic meters to 619,049 cubic meters (US$33.8 million to US$159.1 million).

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