Xi'an sees rise in China-Europe freight-train trips

Xi'an sees rise in China-Europe freight-train trips
@Xinhua/Li Yibo

Xi'an, the capital of northwest China's Shaanxi Province, saw a surge in China-Europe freight-train trips in 2022, local authorities told a press conference last week.

The Chang'an China-Europe freight-train service operated 4,639 train trips last year, up 20.8 percent year on year, and transported nearly 4.12 million tonnes of goods, an annual increase of 43.3 percent.

The city ranked first among Chinese cities operating the China-Europe freight service for the number of train trips, the cargo volume, and the rate of heavy containers in 2022.

Since its launch in 2013, the Chang'an service has opened 17 cargo routes linking Xi'an with destinations in Asia and Europe and has handled a total of 16,054 train trips.

The increase involved also Chinese domestic rail freight. Web China Daily published that the amount of cargo transported via the railway network last year was 3.9 billion tons, up 4.7 percent year-on-year. A total of 1.49 billion tons of cargo were coal for power production, a year-on-year increase of 13 percent.

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