URUMQI - Foreign trade levels of Northwest China's Xinjiang Uygur autonomous region soared 49.6 percent year-on-year to nearly 145.6 billion yuan ($21 billion) from January to August this year.
Urumqi Customs said that during this period, Xinjiang exports reached over 120.9 billion yuan, up 58.2 percent year-on-year, while its imports grew by 18 percent year-on-year to 24.6 billion yuan.
The increase in foreign trade in the region is attributed to a series of steps taken to ensure stability in employment, the financial sector, foreign trade, foreign investment, and domestic investment, according to Urumqi Customs.
Urumqi Customs also noted that thanks to streamlined customs clearance measures, the operation of China-Europe freight train services in Xinjiang had been continuously improved.
From January to August, Alataw Pass and Horgos Port, both major rail ports in Xinjiang, achieved a record high in handling 8,701 China-Europe freight trains, up 6.5 percent compared to the previous year.