Doubling of Silk Road trains from Eastern-Chinese province

The Chinese province of Anhui saw a doubling of freight trains departing in the direction of Europe in 2019. 368 China-Europe freight trains were operated last year, an increase of 102.2 per cent compared with 2018. This was reported by the customs authorities of Hefei, the capital of the eastern province.

The trains carried a an estimated total of 17,208 standard containers with a value adding up to about 1.42 billion U.S. dollars. The number of containers carried carried by rail on the Eurasian corridor thus saw a doubling as well, with a surge of 102.6 per cent. The value increase was 90.2 per cent, Chinese news platform Xinhuanet reports.


The cargo was destined for various countries along the corridor. In Europe, the cargo was mainly headed for Poland, Czech Republic, France, the Netherlands and Germany. Meanwhile, cargo was also destined for Uzbekistan, Turkmenistan, Tajikistan, Kyrgyzstan and Kazakhstan. Some international freight trains were tailored for major manufacturing companies in Anhui.

Author: Majorie van Leijen

Majorie van Leijen is editor of, online magazine for rail freight professionals.

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