From Changsha, the administrative center of the Hunan province (Central China), a special freight train departed for the capital of Belarus Minsk from the city of Changsha, plying along the routes within the framework of international railway cargo transportation China-Europe. It transports goods produced in the Hunan Free Trade Zone (FTZ).
The train carries 100 standard containers with goods such as communication equipment, construction equipment, household appliances, food, etc. It is the first China-Europe train to exclusively serve exporters based in the Hunan FTZ.
The cost of the cargo transported by the train, which weighs 710 tons, is 4.38 million US dollars. The train will leave China through the Manchouli checkpoint and arrive in Minsk 17 days after its departure.
The Hunan FTZ is one of three new pilot China FTZs that were established in September 2020 to facilitate further opening and quality development of the country.
There are currently 3,295 enterprises located in the Changsha region of the Hunan FTZ, 73% of which were established in the first half of this year.
International logistics is in high demand among exporters in FTZs, according to Zoomlion, a Chinese engineering company based in Hunan province. The commissioning of this freight train will enable them to deliver goods ordered by foreign customers on time and reduce their warehousing costs.
According to Liang Jingbo, deputy general director of Hunan Central South China International Land Port Co., Ltd., as of August 22, 579 freight trains have been dispatched from Changsha on the China-Europe routes since the beginning of this year. which ensured the stable development of the province's foreign trade.