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China's Zhengzhou launches freight train service to Finland

Updated: Nov 20,2020 08:24 PM    Xinhua
A China-Europe freight train bound for Helsinki, Finland waits for departure at Putian Station of Zhengzhou, Central China's Henan province, Nov 20, 2020. [Photo/Xinhua]

ZHENGZHOU — A new China-Europe freight train route linking Central China's transport hub Zhengzhou and Helsinki in Finland was launched on the morning of Nov 20.

The train carrying 43 containers, which contained goods including disposable medical masks, medical equipment and hazmat suits, departed around 10:40 am on Nov 20 from Putian Station of Zhengzhou, capital city of Central China's Henan province. The total cargo weighs 461 tons, worth around $3 million.

As of Nov 20, 3,745 trips have been made by the China-Europe freight trains plying between Zhengzhou and European cities, handling more than 2 million tons of cargo worth $15.6 billion.

The China-Europe rail transport service was initiated in 2011 and is considered a significant component of the Belt and Road Initiative to boost trade between China and countries participating in the initiative. Amid the coronavirus pandemic, the service remained a reliable transportation channel.

A China-Europe freight train bound for Helsinki, Finland waits for departure at Putian Station of Zhengzhou, Central China's Henan province, Nov 20, 2020. [Photo/Xinhua]
Aerial photo shows a China-Europe freight train bound for Helsinki, Finland waiting for departure at Putian Station of Zhengzhou, Central China's Henan province, Nov 20, 2020. [Photo/Xinhua]
Aerial photo shows a China-Europe freight train bound for Helsinki, Finland departing from Putian Station of Zhengzhou, Central China's Henan province, Nov 20, 2020. [Photo/Xinhua]

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