China’s Shandong Province made 2,500 freight train trips this year
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East China’s economic powerhouse Shandong Province has handled 2,500 freight trains so far this year, compared with 2,057 trips in 2022.

On Tuesday, the 2,500th freight train of 2023, carrying 1,400 tonnes of appliances including air conditioners, freezers and water heaters, left the provincial capital Jinan for Tashkent, the capital of Uzbekistan.

According to Shandong Hi-Speed Group, the operator of the China-Europe railway freight service, four warehouses have been set up in Germany, Poland, Serbia and Uzbekistan to further promote the development of an overseas collection and distribution system and help companies reduce logistics costs.

In recent years, Shandong has launched special trains to transport cross-border e-commerce goods, vehicles, chemicals and tyres. According to the operator, the total number of customised special trains departing from the province has exceeded 200 by 2023.