CRE Transports Pandemic Prevention Materials
Due to the impact of the coronavirus outbreak, a large number of international airline flights have been suspended and reduced, seriously impacting the shipment of outbound international mail. The post office affiliated with Shanghai Customs has temporarily given up air transport and has turned to railway transport instead. Outbound mail from Shanghai is first transported to Yiwu, and then delivered to Europe through the China Railway Express (CRE) trains.
In order to facilitate the timely arrival of pandemic prevention materials to Europe and the United States, Shanghai Customs is cooperating with Yiwu Customs and has changed its mail route to support the international fight against the pandemic, with the approval of the General Administration of Customs. Yiwu sends container trucks to Shanghai to load goods; on the route from Yiwu to Central Europe, the convoy exits China from the Khorgas Port, and goes through Kazakhstan, Russia, and Belarus to arrive in Lithuania.
At present, the CRE train has begun its regular operation on the new mail route, running once a week. As of April 22, Shanghai had delivered 99 mail containers (equivalent to 198 TEUs) and exported 44,871 pieces of outbound mail. (Jiefang Daily, translated by Jin Haiqiong, edited by Kendra Fiddler)