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Xinjiang land port aims to become major gateway

Updated: Sep 26, 2023 By Mao Weihua and Zhang Xiaomin Print
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The Urumqi international land port, located in Urumqi, Xinjiang Uygur autonomous region, is accelerating its transformation into an international logistics hub. [Photo by Zhang Xiaomin/]

The Urumqi international land port in the Xinjiang Uygur autonomous region is accelerating its transformation into an international logistics hub, aiming to become a major gateway for foreign trade.

"In the first seven months of this year, the port has processed 772 China-Europe (Central Asia) freight trains and 336 intermodal railway and sea freight trains," said Li Jiajie, deputy general manager of Xinjiang International Land Port (Group) Co.

Li said that the Urumqi port has integrated advanced technologies and equipment to facilitate intelligent and efficient management of various terminal operations within the port area.

One of the flagship projects in the construction of the Silk Road Economic Belt core area, the port has completed construction of several functional zones, including the Urumqi comprehensive bonded zone, China-Europe express (Urumqi) consolidation center and the Urumqi multimodal transport center.

Starting from the Urumqi consolidation center, trains heading west can reach Kazakhstan in two days, Russia in eight days and the Netherlands in 16 days.

As of July, the Urumqi has connected 19 countries through China-Europe (Central Asia) freight train routes, carrying more than 200 different types of cargo.

"We will continue to strengthen cargo consolidation, promote the high-quality operation of China-Europe freight trains, and establish a leading logistics corridor heading toward western destinations," Li said.

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