Shenzhen, the dynamic economic nucleus of South China, has successfully managed an impressive tally of 516 expeditions via the China-Europe freight train route since its inauguration in August 2020. Over this period, an impressive cargo load of 361,100 tonnes, valued at approximately 10.8 billion yuan (equivalent to around 1.5 billion U.S. dollars), has been efficiently transported, as confirmed by Shenzhen Customs on Thursday.
Over the span of three years, this rail service has effectively spanned 41 countries, encompassing notable nations like Germany, France, Italy, and Belarus. Impressively, it has provided a conduit for cargo emanating from over 4,000 distinct enterprises, an observation underscored by the customs authority.
Of significant note is the remarkable expediency of this mode of transportation. From Shenzhen, cargo can now traverse the distance to Duisburg, Germany, in a mere 16 days, a noteworthy 15-day acceleration compared to maritime routes.
In recent times, Shenzhen has not only sustained growth in the export of conventional merchandise such as household appliances, clothing, shoes, and accessories, but has also undertaken a noteworthy evolution in the composition of China-Europe freight train exports. The export landscape now encompasses a surge in high-value goods like electronic apparatus, machinery, new energy vehicles, and fuel-powered automobiles, all contributing to a discernible upswing in this trend.