|Jinhua Listed Among Transport Hub Cities|
China has unveiled guidelines on developing a comprehensive transport network (2021—2035), which has aroused wide public interest. Many netizens care deeply about the development of transportation in their home city. According to the guidelines, China will build a multi-level integrated national comprehensive transport hub system. The system consists of two levels of urban agglomerations. The first is to build about 20 international comprehensive transport hub cities, including Beijing, Shanghai, Guangzhou, Shenzhen, and Hangzhou, the last of which is the only one in Zhejiang Province. The second level will be about 80 national comprehensive transport hub cities, which includes Jinhua.
As an important node city in the Shanghai-Kunming Corridor, Jinhua is on the south side of the Yangtze River Delta. Yiwu will work with cities such as Beijing, Shanghai, and Guangzhou to build railway hubs with strong service functions for international transportation. This will help make Jinhua into a more prominent national comprehensive transport hub city in the future.
As an important goal of the guidelines, the construction of an international comprehensive transport hub consists of integrated transport-hub clusters, hub cities, and hub ports. The guidelines require Yiwu to build a railway terminal with a strong international transportation service function.
According to the Jinhua Freight Center, Yiwu West Railway Station is one of six major railway ports nationwide and the only railway port station at the county level in Zhejiang. It is also the departure station and the “Starting Point of the New Silk Road” for the CRE (China Railway Express).
Alongside the construction of the Belt and Road, the Yiwu CRE was operated jointly by Jinhua and Yiwu last year, and it develops fast and achieves a lot, ranking in the top four greatest contributors for the development of China Railway Express. From January to February this year, Yiwu operated 237 trips and shipped 19,416 TEUs, a year-over-year increase of 289%, while Jinhua operated 118 trips with 9,738 TEUs, a year-on-year increase of 735%. Both have achieved a great leap in development.
Presently, the Yiwu CRE has 28 operating lines, connecting 59 countries and regions in Asia and Europe and ranking first in the country for loading capacity and return trips. It has developed into a safe and efficient logistics center for China to deliver export goods to Europe, including pandemic prevention materials and household goods.
Based on the guidelines, Yiwu will give full play to the advantages of the “international supermarket” and the mode of “business + location,” accelerate the construction of Yiwu Land Port, and build it into the hub center of China Railway Express–Yangtze River Delta. (By Xu Zhaohui, translated by Zhang Jiajia, edited by Kendra Fiddler)