The China-Europe Chang'an freight train operating from Northwest China's Shaanxi province's capital Xi'an is continuing to go from strength to strength and as of Oct 31, the service had made a total of 3,167 runs this year -- 1.8 times that of the same period last year, according to the Shaanxi Provincial Department of Commerce.
Since its first run in 2013, the operating capacity and level of the freight train has been continuously improved. It has reduced the average freight delivery time by about 20 percent.
The comprehensive indicators for the freight train -- such as the number of operations, the proportion of heavy containers and the freight volumes -- have ranked among the top in the country.
Xi'an International Land Port Investment & Development Group Co -- the operator of the freight train -- and Orient Overseas Container Line (OOCL) signed memorandum of cooperation recently during the third China International Import Expo in Shanghai.
Headquartered in Hong Kong, OCCL currently has more than 120 branches in 40 countries and regions around the world. These cover the supermarket retail industry, bulk goods, electronic products, footwear, chemicals, machinery manufacturing, automobiles and spare parts.
A spokesman said the two sides will give full play to each other's location and service advantages and gradually ship higher value-added products to Europe and other destinations by train.
Prior to this, the China-Europe Chang'an freight train has worked with delivery company DHL, as well as auto manufacturers Volvo and FAW Group.