China-Europe freight train opens route to Paris, North Africa
A China-Europe freight train departs from Xi'an International Port Station in ITL Park. [Photo/ITL Park's WeChat public account]
The first China-Europe Chang'an freight train (Xi'an-Paris-North Africa) departed from Xi'an International Port Station in Xi'an International Trade and Logistics (ITL) Park on June 28.
ITL Park is located in Xi'an, the capital of Northwest China's Shaanxi province.
In the next 18 days, the train will arrive in Paris, France via Kazakhstan, Russia, Belarus, Poland, and Germany. Some of the containers will be transferred by railway from Paris to the Port of Marseille, from where they will be transported by sea to the North African countries of Tunisia, Algeria and Morocco.
The opening of the new route will help attract more high-quality sources of goods and promote closer trade exchanges between small and medium-sized enterprises in China and France.
It will further improve the international freight network of the train and take advantage of Paris's regional advantages to continuously expand the freight train's role in the European region.
As of June 24, the China-Europe Chang'an freight train had made a total of 1,817 trips, a year-on-year increase of 20 percent, ranking first in the country in the quality evaluation of the China-Europe freight train.
In the future, ITL Park will continue to advance the high-quality development of the China-Europe Chang'an freight train, contributing to the construction of an international trade channel with high efficiency, low cost and excellent services in inland areas.