The China-Europe freight trains have played more and more important roles in international cargo transportation as the outbreak of the COVID-19 hit hard the air and sea freights.
As more cargos were transported by land to reach destinations in Europe and Central Asia, the province reported a significant growth of China-Europe freight train service, with 742 trips made in the first six months, up 52.9 percent year on year.
The Japan-China (Lianyungang)-Mongolia sea-rail service, launched in June, is expected to further increase freight train capacity and support the export-oriented economy in Jiangsu.
Among the achievements, the freight trains facilitated the fight against the pandemic. Based on the international logistics network, the freight train helped transport import supplies from across the world back to Suzhou in February, such as the donation of 10,000 N95 masks to the Red Cross Society of Suzhou. Meanwhile, trains also delivered 20 million masks to Russia and a total of 190 tons of supplies including medical masks and protective suits to Europe, worth of 7.28 million dollars.
The other China-Europe freight trains leaving from Lianyungang City transported 260,000 items, such as surgical masks, thermal imaging devices and protective suits, all the way to Central Asian countries, offering a solid support to the pandemic response in Kazakhstan and Uzbekistan.