China-Europe Railway Development Status
Over the past decade, rail transportation services connecting China and Europe have developed rapidly. These railways connect about 35 cities in China with 34 cities in Europe. Some commodities travel between China and Europe via railways, mainly the Trans-Siberian Railway (TSR). In 2008, Foxconn used the railway to ship from Shenzhen to Europe for the first time. In 2009, DB Schenker opened a weekly train between Shanghai and Duisburg. After launching the product into the mainland city of Chongqing, HP began to explore the opening of a railway transportation route from China to Kazakhstan, Russia, Belarus, Poland and Germany. The Chongqing government is very supportive of this, but it still needs to coordinate with other governments. In 2011, the establishment of the Eurasian Economic Union incorporated the tariffs of Kazakhstan, Russia, and Belarus into a unified system, thus simplifying the freight approval process for this railway transportation line. In 2011, this transportation line was successfully commissioned. In the following year, weekly regular trains are opened.
Through the above efforts, the China-Europe Railway has now begun to take shape:
First, three railway corridors from China to Europe have been formed;
Second, the train frequency has increased;
Third, the types of goods delivered are more abundant;
Fourth, railway transportation is more competitive in speed and cost;
Fifth, freight volume and freight value are also increasing