Khorgos East Gate

6,000 China-Europe trains via Khorgos mark important milestone

Image: Kazakh government

On Monday, 8 November, a train leaving the Khorgos dry port in Kazakhastan marked the 6,000 train trip through this border point in 2022. The milestone was reached more than a month earlier than last year, showing that Silk Road traffic is still growing, alas, a bit slower than expected due to several supply chain challenges.

The train undertaking the China-Europe trip number 6,000 departed Khorgos with different types of goods, including engineering and electrical equipment. It currently travels towards Belarus, specifically the Minsk area, reported Xinjiang Railway, responsible for dispatching the train.

Dry port’s development key in keeping up the numbers

According to the Xinjiang Railway, the dry port’s capacity expansion and facilities’ renovation were key in keeping the China-Europe services optimal and train numbers high. Specifically, these investments helped optimise the customs procedures and train clearance. At the same time, the dry port tried to improve the organisation and flow of westbound trains passing through Khorgos to ensure a balance between east-west transport.

The mega-terminal generally tries to keep the average handling and transiting of China-Europe trains to 19 per day. For the record, since the China-Europe rail services were launched, the Khorgos dry port has received more than 24,000 trains, while the Eurasian rail links via it amount to 73, connecting China with 18 countries and 45 cities.

European Silk Road Summit 2022

Don’t forget! The 2022 edition of the European Silk Road Summit, taking place in Duisburg on 7 & 8 December, is just around the corner! This year’s edition takes place in the ‘Mecca’ of the European Silk Road, where it all started-Duisburg.

On 7 & 8 December, rail professionals from the Eurasian corridor will gather for a monumental two-day event full of trending topics and networking. LCL, e-commerce, cars on rail and the European-Chinese perspectives on the Silk Road will all be highlighted. Do you want to secure your ticket? Then don’t miss time and get it here after checking the programme and speakers.

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Author: Nikos Papatolios

Nikos Papatolios is the Chief Editor of, the online magazine for rail freight professionals.

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