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“Qilu” Eurasian Freight Train extends service to Northern Europe

2021/4/7 15:56:48

On April 6, the first return train of the “Qilu” Eurasian Freight Train (Helsinki, Finland – Qingdao, China), operated by Shandong Expressway Co., Ltd., successfully arrived at Qingdao Multimodal Transport Center in the SCO Demonstration Zone, marking the extension of the service area of the freight train to Northern Europe.

Jarno Syrjälä, Finland’s Ambassador to China, sent a video to congratulate the successful arrival of the train and thank Shandong Expressway and local logistics companies for their efforts in the operation of the train.

In the first quarter of this year, despite the continued impact of the global COVID-19 pandemic on international logistics channels, Shandong Expressway has, through optimizing service products and improving operational capabilities, ensured the generally fast development of the “Qilu” Eurasian Freight Train, with the strong support of relevant provincial and municipal departments.

Firstly, the number of trains of the “Qilu” Eurasian Freight Train has been continuously growing, and the operating network enriching. In the first quarter, a total of 380 trains were operated, a year-on-year increase of 27.1%; and a total of 31,100 TEUs were sent, a year-on-year increase of 25.8%. Direct train operation routes from Shandong to Azerbaijan and Finland were newly opened, and the operation network was extended to the UK through sea-rail combined transport. At present, the “Qilu” Eurasian Freight Train has 46 inter-city routes, which can directly reach 49 cities in 19 countries along the “Belt and Road”.

Secondly, the service capability of the “Qilu” Eurasian Freight Train has been gradually improving, to ensure the stability of supply chains and industrial chains. The train has been focusing on serving large import and export enterprises in Shandong and operating supply chain trains on a regular basis. Since the beginning of this year, 21 trains have been customized for Haier, Hisense, Shandong Lingong among other enterprises, a year-on-year increase of 90.9%. It has also been serving the infrastructure construction in countries along the “Belt and Road”, with a total of 442 TEUs of materials transported for foreign aid projects this year. In the first quarter, an import and export value of 4.17 billion yuan was achieved through the “Qilu” Eurasian Freight Train, a year-on-year increase of 128.4%.

Thirdly, the “Qilu” Eurasian Freight Train has been contributing to the global effort against the global COVID-19 pandemic. In the first quarter, it has been operating a special train for pandemic prevention materials, sending a total of 182 TEUs, or 671.5 tons of epidemic prevention materials, contributing “Shandong power” to international anti-epidemic cooperation.

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