China-European Silk Road train freight surges in busy Eastern European border towns

It is these explosive growth of the Central European train that has ruined the border towns of Eastern Europe.


China’s Belt and Road Initiative has already begun to bear fruit, and it is difficult for partner countries to keep up with the situation and the existing infrastructure cannot keep up with it.


The Eastern European border cities that benefit from these rail trades are worried that the trains will be “robbed” by other transshipment hubs and are trying to upgrade their own facilities to reduce rail network congestion and improve transportation efficiency.


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About 10 years ago, when the freight train from China arrived in the Polish border town of Mawašević, people still felt very novel - in just two weeks, products such as laptops and cars could be shipped to Europe, just trains. Too little, only one shift a month.


As China promotes the development of trade along the ancient Silk Road, the number of trains has increased significantly in the past year, and Poland needs to respond quickly to the cargo demand of up to 200 vehicles per month.


According to data from the China Railway Corporation, the number of trains between China and Europe reached 3,673 in 2017, more than 1,702 in 2016 and only 17 in 2011.