Shanxi freight train service to Europe, Central Asia surges



A freight train departs from Taiyuan city in Shanxi province, for Malaszewicze in Poland, on June 8. [Photo/Shanxi Daily]

A cargo train loaded with daily necessities, communications equipment and auto parts on June 8 departed from Taiyuan, capital city of North China's Shanxi province, for the major rail freight depot and transhipment and logistics hub at Malaszewicze in Poland.

The day marked the fourth anniversary that Shanxi had operated China Railway Express freight train services to Europe and Central Asia.

Over the past four years, the province's regular freight train services have covered 23 cities in nine countries. 

Since its establishment on Dec 5, 2017, Shanxi Jinou Logistics Co has launched 217 cargo trains to Europe and Central Asia, transporting 227,500 metric tons of goods with the total value reaching 3.09 billion yuan ($436.36 million). 

Many leading manufacturers in Shanxi province -- such as Taiyuan Heavy Machinery Group, Taiyuan Iron and Steel Group Co and Huaxiang Group -- have benefited from the cargo trains, which have opened a convenient and efficient international logistics channel for Shanxi manufacturing to the outside world.

Also, goods from North and East China have been transported by cargo trains launched in Shanxi.

This has given full play to Shanxi province's role as a comprehensive transportation hub and promoted further ties between Shanxi and other provinces and municipalities in China.