Euro­pean prod­ucts ar­rive for New Year

China Daily (Hong Kong) - - CHINA - By LUO WANGSHU lu­owang­shu@ chi­

Trains from Europe are bring­ing fresh goods for Chi­nese peo­ple to put into their Lunar New Year shop­ping bags.

The Xi’an Rail­way Bureau and port author­ity have ar­ranged international de­liv­er­ies of Euro­pean goods, in­clud­ing wheat and oil, to Xi’an, cap­i­tal of Shaanxi prov­ince, al­low­ing peo­ple from the in­te­rior prov­inces of China to en­joy shop­ping for over­seas prod­ucts for the new year.

Ac­cord­ing to the Xi’an Rail­way Bureau, a Sino-Euro­pean train car­ry­ing about 3,700 met­ric tons of wheat from Kaza­khstan and 2,000 tons of oil and other prod­ucts from Rus­sia will ar­rive in Xi’an be­fore the Lunar New Year, which falls on Jan 28.

“The open­ing of an international freight route has ben­e­fited peo­ple in re­gions along the Belt and Road Ini­tia­tive. Qual­ity food from Rus­sia and Kaza­khstan will be served on Chi­nese peo­ple’s din­ner ta­bles, al­low­ing them to have a dif­fer­ent Chi­nese New Year,” the bureau said in a state­ment.

In Novem­ber 2013, a di­rect rail freight ser­vice con­nect­ing Xi’an and Al­maty, Kaza­khstan, opened as part of the Silk Road Eco­nomic Belt and 21st Cen­tury Mar­itime Silk Road to in­crease trade with Cen­tral Asia and Europe. The freight ser­vices have ex­panded to War­saw, Ham­burg and Moscow.

China started China-Europe freight train ser­vice in 2011, and en­hanced the ser­vice in 2013 un­der the ini­tia­tive.

Last year, 1,702 trains left China, a 109 per­cent year-onyear in­crease, and 572 trains re­turned to China, up 116 per­cent year-on-year, ac­cord­ing to the China Rail­way Corp.

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