5,000th run! Sinotrans' China-Europe freight train achieves new breakthrough

Updated: November 13, 2021 Source: chinadaily.com.cn Belt and Road Portal
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On November 12, 2021, the X8059 train, fully loaded with fifty containers, 40 feet each, whistled along from Shenyang East Station. The train will leave the country through Manzhouli port for Duisburg Central Railway Station in Germany. It marks the 5,000th run of China-Europe freight train launched by Sinotrans Limited (Sinotrans).

On the same day, departure and receiving ceremonies were held in Shenzhen, Changsha, Shilong, Xi'an, Deyang and other places for the China-Europe freight train launched by Sinotrans to celebrate its 5,000th run.

Song Rong, Secretary of the Party Committee and General Manager of Sinotrans, sent a congratulatory letter to first-line staff for China-Europe freight train. He expressed his heartfelt thanks to people from all walks of life that care about and support the development of Sinotrans' China-Europe freight train business! He also encouraged the builders of Sinotrans to always adhere to China Merchants Group's core values of "sharing destiny with the motherland and developing together with the times", and make contributions to the China-Europe freight train cause and the high-quality development of the Belt and Road!

As the earliest enterprise engaged in international railway freight forwarding in China, Sinotrans set up companies at Manzhouli and other ports more than 70 years ago for railway transit transportation. Sinotrans is also the earliest participant in the construction of the New Eurasian Land Bridge from Lianyungang via Alataw Pass and the Minor Eurasian Land Bridge from Tianjin via Erenhot.

Dedicated to Eurasian international railway transportation, Sinotrans has participated in the international train business since 2015, and launched China-Europe and Central-Asia trains in many places across China. For that, it has become a multi-channel and multi-route China-Europe freight train operating platform that is rarely seen in China. Over the past six years, Sinotrans has been a true follower of the Belt and Road Initiative, given full play to its role as a central enterprise, and made full use of China Merchants Group's resource advantages, to strengthen strategic cooperation with China Railway and build a networked, intensive and specialized operating system for China-Europe freight train. It has launched over 6,200 run of international trains, and transported over 620,000 TEUs of cargo. There were over 5,000 runs of China-Europe freight train to deliver over 500,000 TEUs of cargo. Over 50 routes have been developed, with 13 put into operation on a weekly basis. It indicates a development path for the group with distinctive characteristics.

With the goal of building a "channel + hub + network" operating system, Sinotrans will continue to build hubs at home and abroad to cover multiple regions and channels, and link all parts across China and even the world, which has distinguished itself from others.

In China, China-Europe freight trains have been launched in Lanzhou, Dongguan, Xi'an, Changsha, Shenyang, Xinxiang, Deyang and other places to constitute a distribution network around major hubs. Major border ports for railway transportation such as Alataw Pass, Manzhouli, Erenhot, and Suifenhe have their own networks.

Outside China, an international business structure with 76 self-owned institutions and more than 100 agents has taken shape. The first overseas regional headquarters has been set up on the Eurasian logistics channel for the overall management of institutions in Russia, Belarus, Germany, Kazakhstan, Mongolia and other countries. Sinotrans has created an international multimodal transport network featuring connectivity, integration and high efficiency to link the north with the south, and the east with the west with its network advantages across the world. It has exerted increasing influence and provides customers with the best solutions to China-Europe freight train and supply chain logistics services in the whole process.

Editor: Yu Huichen