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Beijing launches first direct freight train service between China and Russia

A Chinese freight train loaded with 55 containers left Beijing on Thursday morning for the Russian capital Moscow, marking the launch of the first direct freight train service between the two countries.

Among the goods were construction materials, home appliances and appliances, and clothing from the logistics center of Pinggu district in the northeast of the city, from where it is scheduled to leave China through the port of Manzhouli in the Inner Mongolia Autonomous Region. , in northern China, according to the China News Agency.

The train is expected to reach Moscow in 18 days, covering a distance of almost 9,000 km.

“In the past, we needed to ship products to Henan or Hebei provinces before shipping to Europe, and with the launch of this service, we can now ship products directly from Beijing to Europe,” said Zhou Yixiao, general manager of Taitung International Transportation. Co. ., Ltd. This reduces logistics costs and improves transportation efficiency,” noting that this development brings new opportunities for business prosperity.

This year marks the 10th anniversary of the Belt and Road Initiative, and according to Liu Zhenfang, Chairman of the Board of China Railway Group Co., Ltd., Sino-European freight trains have connected 108 Chinese cities with 208 cities in 25 European countries, as freight lines manage 65,000 freight train journeys.

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