Alataw Pass enjoys European rail traffic surge

Alataw Pass enjoys European train traffic surge

The number of China-Europe freight train routes passing through the Alataw Pass, China has reached a milestone of 100, reported Xinhua.

Alataw Pass is a major land port located in northwest China’s Xinjiang Uygur Autonomous Region.

The port’s handling capacity has significantly improved over the years, reported China Railway Urumqi Group Co., Ltd, with the average daily number of China-Europe freight trains handled by the port standing at 17 in recent times, compared to a monthly average of 3.5 trains in 2012.

According to the company, in 2022 the two major ports in Xinjiang – namely Alataw Pass and Horgos Port – handled a total of 13,300 China-Europe freight trains, which is an 8.7 per cent increase from the previous year.

Among these, the number of trains departing from Xinjiang rose to 1,440, a 21.5 per cent year-on-year increase.

The China-Europe freight trains via the Alataw Pass have been instrumental in linking 19 destinations, including Germany, Poland, and Russia, and have accounted for over 30 per cent of such trains operated in China.

The 2022 calendar year was a significant one for the maritime industry, particularly in China. Find out which ports performed the best in PTI’s own list of ‘Top 10 Ports in China 2022’.

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