A New Route starting from China for the China-Europe Freight Train Service went into Operation, in efforts to meet the growing demand for Railway Transportation of Goods between China and Europe in steady business recovery in the fallout from the COVID-19 Pandemic.

The New Route starts from Shenyang City in northeast China’s Liaoning Province and ends in the logistics center in Moscow, Russia via the Suifenhe Port in Northeast China’s Heilongjiang Province.

“As businesses have started reopening one after another in the fallout from the COVID-19 pandemic, more and more China Railway Express trains are running. So we have added the new Shenyang-Suifenhe line to China Railway Express while accelerating organizing transportation.

This new development has contributed to effectively easing the bottlenecks in logistic distribution. It has also relieved the pressure on transportation through the Manzhouli Port,” said Huo Guang, director of Shenyang East Railway Station Operation Office of Shenyang Freight Center.

The destinations of the new route for China-Europe freight train service also include Germany’s Hamburg and Duisburg, and Russia’s Yekaterinburg besides Moscow.

China-Europe freight train service has been increasingly well received by business operators, as it is less affected by conditions such as weather, and the transportation time is about two thirds shorter than ocean shipping with the cost being only one third of airlift.

“We not only deliver goods from Liaoning Province and other parts of northeast China, but also have goods from the Beijing-Tianjin-Hebei region, east China and south China for export via Shenyang China Railway Express,” said Yao Xiang, staff member of the Operation Department of Shenyang Branch of Sinotrans Limited.

The Chinese customs authorities have managed to improve the efficiency of customs clearance to save companies’ time in packing containers.

“We have improved the function of the check point. The check point used to identify goods by trucks as the unit, now it can identify goods by each container as the unit. The check point can verify multiple trucks and containers at the same time with automatic feedback of data. The application of such a system has effectively avoided the complicated procedure of frequent entry of redundant information in the entry-exit of trucks. Now, the duration of time required of packing a whole row of containers has been reduced to less than three hours now from eight hours in the past,” said Tao Qing, officer with Shenyang Customs District’s Liaozhong Customs Office.

Initiated in 2011, the China-Europe rail service is considered a significant part of the Belt & Road Initiative to boost trade between China and Countries along the Routes.