BEIJING, Sept. 10(Xinhua) -- The first Beijing-Tianjin-Hebei cross-border e-commerce China-Europe freight train on Thursday departed from Shijiazhuang, capital city of north China's Hebei province, heading for Poland's largest railway transshipment port Malaszewicze, which radiates to the whole Europe, reported China News Service.
Aerial photo shows a China-Europe freight train bound for Helsinki, Finland departing from Putian Station of Zhengzhou, central China's Henan Province, Nov. 20, 2020. (Xinhua/Hao Yuan)
The freight train is loaded with 50 40-feet containers of household goods, pet supplies, auto parts and other e-commerce goods with a total value of nearly 3 million U.S. dollars. Commodities loaded on the train are mainly provided by online foreign trade merchants on Alibaba platform. It is expected to arrive at the destination station in about 14 days.
It is learned that cargo trains are more than twice as fast as sea transportation, and the transportation cost is only one-fifth of air transportation.
Ren Yongchang, deputy general manager of Shijiazhuang International Land Port, said that cross-border e-commerce special trains have the advantages of strong timeliness, low cost, and large transportation volume.
Starting from this, Alibaba Group's cross-border goods in the Beijing-Tianjin-Hebei region will be loaded at Shijiazhuang land port and sent to Europe via the cross-border e-commerce special train service, which will run at least one train per week.
As of September 9, Shijiazhuang land port has launched 120 China-Europe trains in 2021, sending 12,000 TEUs of goods valuing 2.475 billion yuan to Europe.
(Edited by Bao Nuomin with Xinhua Silk Road, email@example.com）