New China-Europe train route links Suzhou, Milan
New China-Europe train route links Suzhou, Milan(Photo by Xinmin)

A train loaded with 100 TEUs (twenty-foot equivalent units) of goods departed the city of Suzhou in East China’s Jiangsu province for Milan, Italy on Monday, marking the first China-Europe freight train linking the two cities.

The exported goods included auto parts and cooking utensils manufactured in Jiangsu worth about $3.73 million, and are expected to arrive in Milan aboard the X8020 train in 25 days.

According to Suzhou Customs, the city sent 406 China-Europe freight trains in 2021, up 38.12 percent year-on-year. The total value of transported goods stood at about $2.25 billion, up 66.52 percent.

Suzhou has opened eight China-Europe freight train routes to Central Asia, Southeast Asia and Europe since 2013, covering more than 80 cities.