BEIJING, July 22 (Xinhua) – The operation of the China-Europe freight train in Lanzhou, capital of northwest China’s Gansu Province brings more business opportunities in timber trade for local companies.
The launch of the freight train in Lanzhou has connected the city with Russia for importing timbers, making Gansu a popular land for timber trade with Russia.
"We used to import timber from New Zealand and transport them by sea, first to Qingdao, and then to Gansu by road," said Wei Yi, general manager at a local interior decoration material company, adding that the freight train has shortened the transport time and saved logistic cost.
It is noted that the inbound freight trains carrying timbers have realized stable operation in Lanzhou New Area of one return train within every two days, according to Wang Jianmin, deputy general manager at a railway business operating company, adding that Lanzhou is striving in building the new are into a distribution center for imported timber from Russia, thus forming an industry cluster of timber products.
Meanwhile, an inspection site for imported timber has approved by the local authority for construction in western Gansu’s Wu Wei city, which is expected to put into operation in September this year.
The inspection site is mainly conduct processes and sales for larch and Scotch pine wood importing from Russia, which can realize an annual process and sales volume of 3 million cubic meters of wood, in an effort to drive domestic consumer demand for high quality wood products, according to Zhang Zhenjun, chairman at a land port operating company in Gansu.
With the rapid economic development and increasing demand for timber products of the western region in China and it will have more potential to undertake the import timber trade, according to Liu Nengwen, president of China Timber & Wood Products Distribution Association. (Edited by Jiang Feifan)