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Chinese railway becomes trade artery between China, Europe amid pandemic, – media

Chinese railway becomes trade artery between China, Europe amid pandemic, – media

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Chinese railway. Photo by Xinhua.
Chinese railway. Photo by Xinhua.

China Railway Express has become "a cheaper and quicker alternative to ship everything from cars to household goods from China to Europe" amid major disruptions to global maritime and air logistics chains due to COVID-19, The Xinhua News Agency has reported.

The railway, which has been operating for about a decade, has now become the "backbone" of the Belt and Road Initiative, as it "is quickly transforming into a major artery for trade between China and Europe," Nikkei Asia said in a report.

Shipping goods is much faster and cheaper by combining air and rail service, the report elaborated, adding that it normally takes about 40 days to ship goods from Japan to Europe by sea.

In contrast, flying them to China's Changsha or Xi'an, then loading them on the China Railway Express, takes 20 to 30 days and less than half the cost of flying them the entire way.

The report also mentioned that Japanese global logistics company Nippon Express leases space on the China Railway Express to transport appliances, auto parts and other products made by Japanese and European companies in China to Europe.

Owing to the pandemic, demand for cargo has surged in the United States and Europe as consumers turned to online shopping. The report found that maritime container shipments from Asia to Europe jumped 71 percent on the year in February to roughly 1.16 million twenty-foot containers, according to the Japan Maritime Center.

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