First direct China-Spain train reaches Madrid

Longest rail connection in the world

10 December, 18:35

    The first direct China-Spain freight train, the 70-container Yixinou, arrived in the Spanish capital's Abronigal station on Tuesday The first direct China-Spain freight train, the 70-container Yixinou, arrived in the Spanish capital's Abronigal station on Tuesday

    (ANSAmed) - MADRID - The first direct China-Spain freight train, the 70-container Yixinou, arrived in the Spanish capital's Abronigal station on Tuesday. The train had covered 13,000 km in 21 days through six countries, and the test run paved the way for a new trade route connecting Asia with the Iberian peninsula. The route is the longest one by rail in the world, crossing China, Kazakhstan, Russia, Belorussia, Poland, Germany, France and Spain, racking up more kilometers than those covered by the Transsiberian and the Orient Express. The 1,400-ton convoy made use of a change in locomotive every 800 km and containers were transferred due to different gauges at the Dotyk (Kazakhstan), Brest (Belorussia) and Irun (Spain) border crossings. The opening up of the new rail route ''aims to drastically reduce import and export time and costs, and to improve transport efficacy,'' said the director of the Xinjiang province trade department, Zhang Shuming, on arriving in Madrid. Spain is China's seventh largest trade partner in the EU and the Asian nation is Spain's largest non-EU trade partner. The volume of bilateral trade between the two countries was at 20.102 billion euros in 2013, a 1.3% drop on the previous year. (ANSAmed).

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