Guangzhou Nansha Port Railway launches first China-Europe freight train

Photo taken on Feb. 23, 2020 shows Guangzhou Nansha Port. Photo: CGV

Guangzhou Nansha Port Railway launched its first freight train to Europe on Monday, one of the latest international railway routes to boost China’s foreign trade with countries under the Belt and Road Initiative. Road (BRI), contributing to regional economic recovery and improving the global industry supply chain.

On Monday, a train carrying 50 40-foot containers filled with air conditioners, LCD screens and lighting products left the south station of Nansha Port in south China’s Guangdong Province on Monday. It is expected to arrive in Europe in 15 days, marking the start of a China-Europe freight rail line.

The route, which combines a multimodal transport network of ports and railways, is expected to bring huge benefits to Chinese exporters to Europe with a more efficient and cost-effective solution.

“It is estimated that transportation time will be reduced by about 30 percent, and logistics costs will also be significantly reduced,” said Liu Luxiang, a Shanghai-based international freight forwarder.

Li Heng, an employee of a cross-border e-commerce company based in Guangdong, also sees the route as an efficient transportation channel to meet the growing orders of Chinese cross-border dealers, especially when international transportation is unpredictable under repeated changes. global outbreaks of COVID-19.

Guangzhou Port Group’s Nansha Port is one of the fastest growing ports in southern China. In 2015, Nansha County in southeast Guangzhou became one of the pilot free trade zones (FTZs) to promote foreign trade and investment, Xinhua News Agency reported.

In recent years, Nansha Port’s logistics network has been continuously improved with an increasing number of international routes and foreign trade container volume that has maintained double-digit growth on an annual basis.

At present, Nansha Port has 143 international routes, covering major domestic and overseas ports, including 122 routes in the Belt and Road countries.

Since 2020, the Port of Guangzhou has handled a total of 21 round-trip freight trains from China to Europe and Central Asia, including Poland, Kazakhstan, Uzbekistan and Germany. The goods transported include electronic devices made in South Korea and Vietnam as well as household appliances and clothing made in the Greater Bay Area in China.

The launch of the first China-Europe freight train at Nansha Port followed the opening of a new international railway route between Chongqing in southwest China and Mandalay in southern Myanmar.

The first freight train left Chongqing on May 23 and arrived in Myanmar on May 28. It is expected to arrive in Mandalay about 20 days earlier than it would take on traditional routes.

The new road is expected to boost Chongqing’s connectivity with ASEAN member countries and signatories of the Regional Comprehensive Economic Partnership (RCEP), Chongqing officials said.