Another New Route for the CRE
At 1:00 p.m. on July 2, the China Railway Express (CRE) train 75056/5 departed from Jinhua South Railway Station with 100 TEUs of goods. The train headed for Minsk, the capital of Belarus, 10,929 km away from Jinhua.
It was the second new CRE route to be launched from the Jinhua South Railway Station in two consecutive days, following the Jinhua-Moscow route, which opened on July 1. On June 21, the Jinhua-Central Asia CRE train, returning from Tashkent, capital of Uzbekistan, arrived at the Jinhua South Railway Station full of imported goods.
The originally and temporarily monodirectional CRE route to Central Asia, now sees train running back and forth between Jinhua and Central Asia, as well as Central Europe. As a consequence, the CRE has developed tremendously in a short time.
In April 2020, under the deployment of the Zhejiang Provincial Party Committee and the Zhejiang Provincial Government, Zhejiang Provincial Seaport Investment & Operation Group Co., Ltd. and Jinhua Communications Investment Group Co., Ltd. jointly established Zhejiang Seaport International Intermodal Transportation Co., Ltd. The joint venture and the Jinhua-Central Asia trains together formed a new international transportation platform for Jinhua. After two months of planning and preparation, the Jinhua-based international transportation platform has been put into operation.
The new platform aims to promote the high-quality development of CRE trains, and strives to open new routes between Jinhua and Russia, Belarus, France, and other European countries. In the middle of June 2020, the platform signed an agreement with China Railway International Multimodal Transport Co., Ltd. on the operating authority of trains. In the future, the international trains operated by the platform are expected to run through all countries and regions accessible by the Jinhua-Central Asia and the Jinhua-Europe CRE trains.
As the second departure city of the CRE trains in Zhejiang Province (after Yiwu), Jinhua has continuously opened new routes. By giving full play to its safe, fast, convenient, and economical railways, Jinhua has built an international logistics channel for Zhejiang and the whole Yangtze River Delta region to export goods to Europe, strengthening Jinhua’s business connection with the world.
The Jinhua-Minsk CRE train, which opened for the first time on July 2, carried about 1044 tons of export goods, including daily necessities, shoes, textiles, clothing, and electrical appliances. After departing from the Jinhua South Railway Station, the train left China through Manzhouli and is expected to arrive in Minsk in 15 days. Compared with sea transportation, railway transportation cuts the transit time in half.
Since the resumption of work and production, the Jinhua Freight Center has cooperated with local and operational platforms to implement the “five priorities” of inspection, disinfection, vehicle allocation, loading, and transportation. Jinhua has made every effort to promote the high-quality operation of international trains, and the Jinhua-Central Asia CRE trains have developed even during this difficult period. As of June 30, the Jinhua-Central Asia CRE has run 54 trains this year, transporting 4746 TEUs of goods, an increase of 50.9% year over year.
Xing Xiaobing, director of the Jinhua Business Department of the Jinhua Freight Center, emphasized the service to the Yangtze River Delta region provided by Jinhua’s CRE train platform being based in Zhejiang Province. With the continuous opening of new routes and the normalized operation of trains, Jinhua has continued to improve its regional competitiveness. The total number of Jinhua-Central Asia and Jinhua-Europe CRE trains that have operated in 2020 has reached 570. (By Xu Chaohui, translated by Jin Haiqiong, edited by Kendra Fiddler)