URUMQI, May 19 (Xinhua) -- The number of China-Europe freight trains crossing the inland port of Alashankou in northwest China's Xinjiang Uygur Autonomous Region continued to rise in the first four months of this year.
Customs authorities in Alashankou supervised 1,211 China-Europe cargo trains from January to April, up 28.28 percent year on year. These trains transported a total of 109,064 twenty-foot equivalent units (TEUs) of goods, a year-on-year increase of 37.05 percent.
These figures accounted for 41.47 percent and 41.63 percent of the national total number of China-Europe freight trains and goods transported, respectively, both ranking first in China.
China-Europe freight trains have taken on part of the transportation of goods formerly shipped by air and sea, fueling growth despite the overall downward trend amid the COVID-19 epidemic.
In April, the number of China-Europe freight trains crossing Alashankou set a new record of 420, up 56.13 percent from the previous year. Together they transported 38,702 TEUs of goods, up 70.28 percent year on year.