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Rail freight from Yiwu to Madrid soars 75pc


A MAJOR China-Europe freight train route linking Yiwu in Zhejiang Province and Madrid in Spain has seen deliveries surge 72 per cent in the first five months, according to the China Railway Shanghai Group.

The train operator said that as of May 31, 16,672 TEU have been transported on 200 trains. It sent 19 trains in the last week of May and plans to send over 20 trains weekly starting in June.

The 13,052 km long Yiwu-Xinjiang-Europe service connects China's major small commodity hub with Europe, reports Xinhua.

Launched in 2011, the China-Europe rail transport service is considered a significant part of the Belt and Road Initiative to boost trade between China and countries participating in the programme. Amid the coronavirus pandemic, the service remained a reliable transportation channel.

From March 21 to the end of April, anti-pandemic supplies totalling 660,000 items and weighing 3,142 tonnes were sent by the freight trains to European countries such as Italy, Germany, Spain and the Czech Republic, according to China State Railway Group.

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