The test train reportedly exited through the Alashankou Port of Xinjiang and then travelled via Kazakhstan and Russia. The total distanced covered was 9,094 kilometers. Moreover, 22 test trains with 2,068 standard containers set off earlier from Urumqi to Central Asia, carrying cargo of over 30,000 tons.
Sun Zhijie, Chief of Urumqi Customs, said that Xinjiang enjoys several geo-advantages and the provinces of Shaanxi, Henan, Sichuan and Chongqing City have opened up an international logistics corridor through international trains. With a favorable geo-position, international cargo trains from Xinjiang to Central Asia and West Asia will help in the export of Xinjiang products westward, creating a new channel for the transfer of inland procurement to local procurement in Xinjiang. They will also help change transit export products of inland China in Urumqi, hence empowering Xinjiang’s trade along the Silk Road Economic Belt.
Statistics from Urumqi Customs show that currently there are five international cargo trains exiting from the Alashankou port of Xinjiang: the Chongqing-Xinjiang-Europe Train, the Chengdu-Europe Fast Train, the Zhengzhou-Europe Fast Train, the Chang’an Train and the Wuhan-Xinjiang-Europe train. “One-ticket customs clearance” has also been implemented at Urumqi Customs. In the first half of this year, Urumqi Customs has accumulatively supervised 61 cargo trains to Europe, with goods covering laptops, liquid crystal displays and auto parts. As for Urumqi-Central Asia and Korla-West Asia international cargo test trains setting off this year, the shipment mainly covers petroleum equipment, automobile parts, household electric appliances, building materials and daily necessities.
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