Wuhan resumes China-Europe freight train services

A China-Europe freight train bound for Duisburg of Germany pulls out of the Wuhan terminal of China Railway Intermodal in Wuhan, central China's Hubei Province, March 28, 2020.(Xinhua/Xiao Yijiu)

The train left the railway station in Wuhan at 10 a.m. on Saturday, heading for Germany, which marked the service resumption of China-Europe freight trains in Wuhan.

(Xinhua) — A China-Europe freight train carrying medical supplies, among others, departed Wuhan, capital city of central China’s Hubei Province on Saturday.

The train left Wujiashan railway container center station in Wuhan at 10 a.m. on Saturday, heading for Germany, which marked the service resumption of China-Europe freight trains in Wuhan, the once epicenter of the COVID-19 outbreak.

The total value of goods transported by the train is about 22 million yuan (3.1 million U.S. dollars), including medical supplies, auto parts, electronic products, optical communication fibers, said Tu Shanfeng, board chairman of Wuhan Port and Shipping Development Group Co., Ltd.

A China-Europe freight train bound for Duisburg of Germany pulls out of the Wuhan terminal of China Railway Intermodal in Wuhan, central China’s Hubei Province, March 28, 2020. (Xinhua/Xiao Yijiu)

Among the goods, a total of 166.4 tonnes of medical non-woven fabrics, surgical towels, medical tablecloths and plastic bags were made in the cities of Yichang, Wuhan and Xishui County under the city of Huanggang in the province, Tu said.

The train will arrive in the German city of Duisburg in about 15 days. The goods will then be transported to Germany, France, Hungary, the Czech Republic and Poland.

Last year, Wuhan witnessed a total of 408 China-Europe freight train trips, among which 195 were outbound trips and 213 inbound trips.

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