In 2023, a milestone was achieved in the realm of freight transportation between China and Europe. The cities of Chongqing and Chengdu, located in Southwest China, together handled over 5,300 China-Europe freight train trips, according to data published by Yuxinou (Chongqing) Logistics Co., Ltd.
These freight train services transported more than 430,000 twenty-foot equivalent units (TEU) of cargo from these two cities last year. This impressive figure underscores the growing importance and efficiency of these freight train services in facilitating trade between China and Europe.
The China-Europe freight train services operated by Chongqing and Chengdu currently extend to 110 cities across Europe and Asia. The range of goods transported is vast, encompassing thousands of varieties. These include electronics, machinery, automobiles, auto parts, medicines, and medical instruments, reflecting the diverse nature of trade between the regions.
Chongqing, a major municipality in Southwest China, and Chengdu, the capital of neighboring Sichuan Province, were among the first cities in China to offer the China-Europe freight train service. Their early adoption and continuous improvement of this service have played a significant role in constructing the Chengdu-Chongqing economic circle.
Since 2021, the two cities have cooperated to enhance the China-Europe freight train service, marking a significant step in regional integration and economic development.
The Chengdu-Chongqing economic circle is a key component of China’s regional development strategy. It follows similar initiatives in other regions, such as the Beijing-Tianjin-Hebei region, the Yangtze River Delta, and the Guangdong-Hong Kong-Macao Greater Bay Area.
These economic circles are part of China’s broader strategy to stimulate regional economies, promote balanced development, and integrate China more deeply into the global economy.
The expanding freight train services between China and Europe, exemplified by the operations in Chongqing and Chengdu, are playing a crucial role in facilitating trade, stimulating regional economies, and further integrating China into the global economy.