The first China-Europe freight train from Shanghai to Central Asia departed on July 28, 2022. Headed for Almaty, Kazakhstan, the train is carrying over 980 tonnes of goods. Shanghai managed 12 China-Europe freight trains, carrying 1,166 TEUs with a cargo weight of over 7,234 tonnes in the first half of this year, according to Shanghai Customs.
The goods carried by these trains were worth 293 million yuan (around $43.5 million).
The first China-Europe freight train from Shanghai was launched in September 2021. At present, the city has nine freight cargo routes, which reach 13 cities along the Belt and Road. Moreover, Shanghai has operated 35 China-Europe cargo trains that have carried 3,438 TEUs of goods weighing 23,600 tonnes and worth 1.024 billion yuan until now.
China-Europe freight train services restarted in May due to high demand from foreign trade enterprises after they were temporarily suspended by Shanghai during the COVID-19 pandemic.