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Xinjiang border port handles 4,900 China-Europe freight trains
Updated 14:59, 12-Oct-2021
CGTN
Railway staff are inspecting train carriages at the Horgos Port, northwest China's Xinjiang Uygur Autonomous Region, April 21, 2020. /CFP

Railway staff are inspecting train carriages at the Horgos Port, northwest China's Xinjiang Uygur Autonomous Region, April 21, 2020. /CFP

Horgos Port in northwest China's Xinjiang Uygur Autonomous Region has handled 4,900 China-Europe freight trains this year as of Sunday, according to local railway authorities, serving as an important trade hub in the Belt and Road Initiative.

Horgos, China's closest port to Central Asia and Europe by land transport, launched the China-Europe freight train service in 2016 and has since witnessed a steady rise in the number of trains passing through. There are currently 44 freight train lines passing through the port, linking 45 cities in 18 countries.

The total rail freight volume so far this year in Horgos reached 6.8 million tonnes, up 48.5 percent year-on-year. This included an export freight volume of more than 3.9 million tonnes, up 32.7 percent year on year, data from the railway department of Horgos showed.

Horgos, which means "a place where caravans pass" in Mongolian, was once a busy passage used by traders traveling along the ancient Silk Road.

Read more: Xinjiang: A Gateway to China's Belt and Road Initiative

The Belt and Road Initiative proposed in 2013 has provided Xinjiang with a significant opportunity to open up and boost economic cooperation between China and other countries, thanks to its geographic advantages.

Source(s): Xinhua News Agency

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