By Yuling Chen, EDITOR
Amid whistles, another China Railway Express to Europe from Chongqing slowly departed from Chongqing, China to its destination-Germany.
In the past year, the train has operated a total of 1,442 shifts. Alashankou, Horgos, Erlianhaote, Manzhouli, Pingxiang, Suifenhe and other places along the route have seen China-Europe Railway Express from the city in southwestern China passing by. “China’s opening-up used to be mainly eastward. Chongqing-Xinjiang-Europe Railway, Yuxinou Railway for short, has created a new way of opening-up in both directions and rewrote China’s opening to the outside world,” said Qi Dan, General Manager of Yuxinou (Chongqing) Supply Chain Management Co., Ltd.
With the regular operation of the China Railway Express to Europe from Chongqing, the municipality in Southwest China has won the approvals as a national first-class port and vehicle import port. It helps Chongqing to transform from an upstream shipping center of the Yangtze River to China’s inland international logistics hub. Generally speaking, Chongqing serves as a three-in-one open platform in three aspects. To be specific, it serves as the transportation hubs for aviation, railway and inland river ports, 3 national class-one open ports, and as 3 bonded supervision areas.
From Chongqing in China to Duisburg in Germany, the international railway transport channel runs a total length of 11,179 kilometers via Kazakhstan, Russia, Belarus and Poland.
“Many people think that I will drive all the way to Germany, but I can’t do it,” said a driver response for Chongqing section. In fact, the China Railway Express to Europe from Chongqing represent dozens of drivers’ relay.
At present, Yuxinou (Chongqing) Logistics Co., Ltd. has stably operated trains from Chongqing to six ports, namely Alashankou, Horgos, Erlianhaote, Manzhouli, Pingxiang and Suifenhe.
Its routes have also increased due to market demands. There are trains from Chongqing to Minsk, Hamburg, Moscow, Ukraine, Hungary, Slovakia, Czech Republic, Tehran, Istanbul and etc.
“Currently, based on the main line from Chongqing to Duisburg, Germany, we have formed a radiation distribution system of ‘1+N’,” said Lai Dan and added that “1” is the main line, and “N” refers to the countries along the line as the assembly and distribution points according to customer needs. Through the Duisburg, freight can reach more than 30 countries in Europe, such as the Netherlands and Belgium. Through Chongqing, goods can be transported to the rest of China and Southeast Asian countries.
“Last year, the number of return trains from Germany exceeded that of departure trains from Chongqing for the first time. It realizes the good interaction between the two sides.” Qi Dan introduced.
In addition, most of the goods transported by the trains were electronic intelligent terminal products that mainly served the Chongqing IT base. And now, it involves more extensive production and trading enterprises.
Dozens of brand companies such as Hewlett-Packard, Acer, Asus, Changan Ford, Huawei, ZTE, Lifan and Hougu, as well as more than 20 international logistics companies such as global logistics and Danmark, are regular clients.
Meanwhile, international parcel transportation has operated on a regular basis. Chongqing has become the only distribution center for railway international postal parcels in the country. This also symbolizes that the rule prohibiting postal transport of railways has been officially rewritten.
The actual load rate for 2018 exceeded 90% and it aims to reach 100% this year.
A huge amount of cargo first requires sufficient storage capacity. In this regard, Yuxinou (Chongqing) Logistics Co., Ltd. will speed up its strategic layout. Moreover, it will establish distribution centers, offices and overseas assembly warehouses in Russia, Poland, Vietnam and other countries.
In addition, it will vigorously develop new routes, expand the transportation network starting from Chongqing’s departure, and give a full play of the international logistics channel with Chongqing as the bridgehead; actively promote multi-modal transport, focusing on the development of southbound channel supply; expand business model with China-Europe railway as a main route, developing cross-border business model in Southeast Asia, Japan and South Korea as well as vigorously developing railways cargo sources from Iran, Turkey and other Central and Eastern Europe and Central and East Asia countries.