A freight train heading for Lyons of France sets off from the Wujiashan Railway Center in Wuhan city, central China’s Hubei province, 6 April 2016.[Photo/IC]
WUHAN — As the last cargo train fully loaded with “made-in-China” products left Wuhan for Hamburg, the total number of China-Europe trains departed from the central Chinese city in 2016 stood at 122, up 30 percent from 2015.
Approximately every three days over the past year, a China-Europe train carrying electronic components, food and beverage, garment and mechanical products manufactured in China would set for one or several European countries more than 10,000 km away.
According to local railway authorities, there were just 23 such trains in 2014. The figure surged to 92 in 2015. Currently there are 12 routes connecting Wuhan with Germany, Poland, Czech and Central Asian countries, the most among the 40 Chinese cities that have launched the service.
In the meantime, returning trains loaded with timber from Russia, milk from Belarus, wine from France and meat products from Germany, are increasing.
An official with the Wuhan Asia-Europe Logistics Co Ltd said the company plans to launch in 2017 a sea-rail combined transportation linking Wuhan with Kazakhstan and Iran, as well as the Indo-China, Peninsula-Wuhan-Central Asia and the Indo-China Peninsula-Wuhan-Russia rail routes.