China-Europe freight trains reach record high on Eastern corridor

China-Europe freight trains

China-Europe freight trains operated by two ports in Northeast China have transported 436,632 TEU as of 17 December.

According to the China Railway Harbin Group, this marks a new record on the Eastern corridor.

A total of 4,043 trains and 389,940 TEU have been launched by the Manzhouli Port, a year-on-year increase of 17.9% and 24.4% respectively. Additionally, 511 trains and 46,692 TEU have been sent through the Suifenhe Port, a year-on-year increase of 142.2% and 151% respectively.

Over 4,500 trains operated on the Eastern corridor in 2021, 698 more trains than in 2020.

The Manzhouli Port bears nearly one-third of China’s inbound and outbound China-Europe freight trains. Currently over 300 trains have been launched monthly for nine consecutive months by the port, totalling over 4,000 this year.

Staying in China, COSCO Shipping’s Linyi-Huangdao sea-rail intermodal transport dedicated train service was officially launched in early December.

On 1 December the container train loaded with high-quality plates departed from Linyi Zhubao Railway Logistics Park.

The plates from Linyi will be transshipped to other parts of the world by COSCO SHIPPING’s foreign trade containership at Qingdao Port.

This is an initiative of COSCO SHIPPING Lines to create end-to-end, sea-rail intermodal transport services relying on the dense and efficient railroad network in the region to help local SMEs ship their goods.

On 8 February 2022, PTI will be holding its Intermodal Freight Forum Europe delving into the pressing challenges and trends in intermodal freight transport. The event is set to bring together senior decision-makers from the intermodal transport network, addressing a wide range of issues from data standardisation to the lack of capacity in ports and rail.

Registration for the event can be done here.

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