Hebei-Hungary direct Silk Road rail link makes its first trip
The first direct China-Hungary train was launched, with the first train departing from the Shijiazhuang International Dry Port in Hebei province on 15 July. Its destination is the BILK intermodal terminal in Budapest, with an estimated transit time of 18 days.
The train will transit through Mongolia after passing the Erenhot border crossing and then travel via Russia, Belarus, Poland and the Czech Republic, all the way to Budapest along the main line of the China-Europe train. Moreover, the train carries 100 TEUs of photovoltaic modules, generator stator sections and other export commodities.
The service was jointly developed by the Cangzhou Small and Medium Enterprises Cooperation Zone (an industrial park dedicated to cooperation in Central and Eastern Europe), the Hungary-China Business and Logistics Cooperation Park (the first business and logistics-oriented overseas economic and trade cooperation zone built by China in the European region) and Shijiazhuang International Dry Port.
With this step, the parties involved aim to deepen cooperation between the Hebei region which includes major economic and trade centres like Beijing and Tianjin, and Eastern Europe.
The number of inbound and outbound trains at Shijiazhuang International Dry Port has been increasing yearly, with the city gradually becoming an important hub for the Hebei economic region. In the first half of this year, Shijiazhuang has operated 186 international trains, an increase of 125 per cent year-on-year, with transport routes diverging to more than 40 countries and regions such as the European Union, Central Asia and ASEAN.
Shijiazhuang Customs vigorously promote the “railway express” supervision model, which can save customs clearance time by about 20 hours and shorten the overall running time by 1,5 days. What is more, it is worth mentioning that the “+Shi Europe” model, i.e. the model of gathering goods from the surrounding provinces and cities in Shijiazhuang and then sending them abroad in a unified manner, has proved to be very efficient since the recently launched Hebei-Hungary service is one of the many running under this concept.