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has long been a sore point for freight train operators and managers, because low utiliza
tion of the cargo capacity raises running costs and makes the service less appealing to potential customers.亚博体育官网贵宾登录千花坊女神会所
“The system collects and incorporates the operational information of all the freight trains involv
ed in the China Express Railway into one holistic platform,” Ma said.亚博体育官网贵宾登录千花坊
The inland port cooperates with major rail service providers and customs in Kazakhstan, Russia and Germany, as well as major ticket-booking portals for ferries and railways across large parts of Europe.亚博体育官网贵宾登录千花坊
“At present, no other trade hub in China is able to amass such a huge trove of data as we do with our system,” Ma said.
According to the port area authorities, during a recent trial of the system freight trains r
eturning from the West were carrying goods at an average 80 percent of their full capacity.亚博体育官网贵宾登录千花坊女神会所
Between 2016 and the middle of this month, more than 2,400 trains had hauled goods acro
ss the port area, via about 20 routes of the China Express Railway, and made their way to 25 cities in 18 countries.
亚博体育官网贵宾登录千花坊In addition to improving the efficiency and connectivity of the China Railway Ser
vice, the port area is also expected to provide a major boost for the regional economy.
One of the most popular commodities heading west from Xinjiang is a tomato-based sauce, accord亚博体育官网贵宾登录千花坊女神会所
ing to Zheng Weiguo, vice-manager of Urumqi International Land Port Multimodal Transport Co.
“Last year, about 50,000 metric tons of the tomato-based sauce were exported to Russia alone,” he said. Behi亚博体育官网贵宾登录千花坊女神会所
nd him, heavy trucks loaded with multicolored containers were revving up to transfer goods onto an approaching freight train.
It can take as long as 50 days for the sauce to reach its farthest destination, Naples in Italy, by sea, setting off from Tianjin Port in North China.
“The express train services have cut the journey time to about 12 days, allowing Chinese agricultu
ral goods to overtake their global competitors,” said Liu Shaohua, deputy director of the port area.
“We have already received positive feedback from wholesale buyers overseas, who have praised the rail service for its speed and low rate of da
mage (to goods). In the future, we plan to further boost confidence in products made in Xinjiang, and expand avenues fo
r overseas sales through the real-time monitoring system and the sophisticated freight rail network.”