A record number of 956 inbound and outbound China-Europe freight trains passed through Khorgos Port and Alataw Pass in northwest China’s Xinjiang Uygur Autonomous Region in the first month of this year.
The number of trains passing through Horgos Port reached 512 in January, transporting 45,900 TEUs, up 46 percent and 45 percent respectively from January 2020. And the number of trains passing through the Alataw Pass totaled 444, transporting 41,200 TEUs, up 49.5 and 54.04 percent from the same time of last year.
Currently, the number of routes through Alataw Pass and Horgos Port was 44 such as those to Germany, Poland, Belgium and Russia, with goods delivered reaching more than 200 categories.
The cross-border China-Europe freight train service connecting China and the European countries, officially known as “China Rail Express”, has bridged 59 Chinese cities with 49 European cities in 15 countries.
Initiated in 2011, the rail service is considered a significant part of the Belt and Road Initiative to boost trade between China and countries along the routes.
Since 2020, cross-border air and sea transportation have been affected by the COVID-19 pandemic. With its unique advantages of high-speed, all-weather, and segmented transportation, China Rail Express has become an important carrier for ensuring smooth import and export trade channels and international cooperation in epidemic control.