First China-Europe freight train (Keqiao) leaves China via Horgos Railway Port

Source: Department of Regional Opening-up / Updated: 2023-01-05

On November 28, the first China-Europe freight train (Keqiao) left China via Horgos Railway Port for Tashkent, the capital of Uzbekistan. Since the beginning of this year, 19 new China-Europe freight train routes have been added via Horgos Railway Port, making the total number of routes reach 75. This contributes to accelerating the fostering of a new development paradigm with domestic circulation as the mainstay and domestic and international circulations reinforcing each other. The train departs from Keqiao District, Shaoxing City, Zhejiang Province, also known as the International Textile Capital, where China Light & Textile Industrial City, the largest professional cloth market in Asia, is located. In recent years, the annual export volume of Keqiao District has exceeded 100 billion yuan, of which nearly 60 percent comes from countries and regions along the Belt and Road. Compared with traditional sea transport, China-Europe freight train service has a more stable transit cycle and is less affected by external factors. The debut of China-Europe freight train (Keqiao) has opened up a new channel for international trade and logistics for the export of local textiles, which has a far-reaching impact on the local integration into the Belt and Road.