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China-Europe rail freight up 11% year-on-year

The upturn has coincided with the launch of a new rail freight service between Poland and China.

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China State Railway Group declared yesterday that China has operated over 10,000 freight trains to Europe this year.

It is said the milestone has been achieved 19 days earlier than in 2023.

The 10,000 freight trains have reportedly carried 1.08 million containers, showing an 11% year-on-year increase.

“The China-Europe rail service has been a vital link in facilitating trade and connectivity between China and Europe, serving as a key component of the Belt and Road Initiative,” says the China State Railway Group.

The announcement has also coincided with the launch of a new China-Poland freight train.

Commenting on this development, Magdalena Rybicka, Director of the Institute of Asian Studies at the Vistula Academy of Finance and Business, told EuroNews that the new service would not be one-way traffic and that Polish goods would be transported to China via the new link.

“At the moment, it carries mainly household appliances, air conditioners, it carries all sorts of small equipment, but later, it will also take Polish products back to China,” Rybicka told Euronews.

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