China’s Tianjin launches freight train for NEVs to Moscow
(Photo: Tianjin Dongjiang Bonded Zone)

A freight train carrying 110 new energy vehicles (NEVs) left the northern Chinese city of Tianjin for Europe on 14 December, marking the launch of a new international logistics route for the transport of Chinese-made NEVs.

It is the first China-Europe freight train to depart from Tianjin and is exclusively dedicated to transporting Chinese-made NEVs, according to local railway authorities.

The train will travel through the port of Erenhot in northern China’s Inner Mongolia Autonomous Region and arrive in Moscow, Russia, about 18 days later. The NEVs produced in the Beijing-Tianjin-Hebei region can now reach Central Asia and European countries in nearly two weeks via the newly launched route, which is expected to significantly reduce transport time compared to traditional shipping routes, according to the cargo agent of the new train service, SWIFT Transport Group.

By the end of November, Tianjin, a major hub of China’s transport channel to Eurasia and one of the closest Chinese ports to Central Asia, had launched 634 China-Europe and China-Central Asia freight trains, carrying more than 68,000 twenty-foot equivalent units (TEU) of goods this year, according to China Railway Beijing Group Co., Ltd.