The China-Europe freight train service from Wuhan resumes operations on 28 March, with the first route to Duisburg, Germany.
The resumption of the cargo rail service – following its closure as Wuhan emerged as the global outbreak hotspot in January – enables more goods such as medical supplies and daily necessities to flow more efficiently between the two regions, according to the Wuhan branch of the China State Railway Group.
On Saturday morning, the freight train carrying 50 cargo containers left the Wuhan station enroute to central Europe. It is the first freight train of its kind to leave Wuhan after the COVID-19 outbreak began, and it is estimated to reach Duisburg, Germany in 15 days.
Nearly 90 per cent of all goods aboard were produced locally in Wuhan, including 166.4 tonnes of medical supplies such as medical fabrics. There were also auto parts, electronics and telecommunication cables on the train, and all these goods would aid in pandemic control and construction projects in European countries such as Germany, France, Hungry, the Czech Republic and Poland.
The company said the normalisation of railroad operations marked the city’s logistics and production are gradually recovering from the epidemic, and will serve as a strong support for commerce and trade.
The train’s schedule and operations have been optimised to be more efficient, with some fees on international goods and relevant paperwork waived to save time during this global health crisis.
From 23 to 26 March, the China-Europe freight train service connecting Hefei, Anhui province, and Europe had resumed operation. It traveled to Germany, Russia, Kazakhstan and Uzbekistan, carrying goods including cars, refrigerators, washing machines, auto parts, electronics and medical supplies.