GBA launches first full-schedule China-Europe freight train

A panoramic view of Nansha Jiaomen River in Guangzhou, South China’s Guangdong province

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The Guangdong-Hong Kong-Macao Greater Bay Area on Wednesday launched its first full-time schedule China-Europe freight train, aiming to enhance logistical efficiency in trade exchanges between this key Chinese economic region and inland Europe, Chinese media reported.

According to China Central Television (CCTV), the X8120 China-Europe freight train embarked on its maiden journey from Guangzhou International Port early Wednesday morning. The train, laden with a diverse array of goods such as air conditioners, coffee machine accessories, and eggbeaters, is set for Warsaw, the capital of Poland.

The concept of a full-time schedule China-Europe freight train entails a train service that adheres to a fixed timetable, ensuring regular and predetermined departure times, routes, and stops.

This structured schedule contrasts with previous freight train services, which operated on more flexible timetables, leading to variable travel times and logistical uncertainties.

The X8120 train, destined for Warsaw, will now depart Guangzhou International Port every Wednesday, passing through the Erenhot land port in northern China’s Inner Mongolia Autonomous Region.

Covering a total distance of approximately 11,200 kilometers, the journey is anticipated to take 16 days. This new schedule is expected to reduce transportation time by about 30 percent compared to earlier services, providing a significant boost to trade efficiency.

Historically, the China-Europe freight train service has been pivotal in the Belt and Road Initiative (BRI), which aims to enhance global trade routes and infrastructure. The BRI has facilitated the development of numerous rail links between China and various European countries, promoting economic cooperation and reducing reliance on maritime shipping routes.

The introduction of the full-schedule train service is expected to further integrate the Greater Bay Area into the global logistics network, offering more reliable and faster transportation options for businesses and fostering stronger economic ties between China and Europe.

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