Logistics article(s)
May 17, 2022

Freight trains between China and Europe continued its "steady rise" in April despite disruptions on the ground.


Chinese state media said the number of China-Europe freight train trips rose 3% month on month to 1,170.


"The number of trips handled by China-Europe freight trains saw a steady rise in April while maintaining smooth and stable operation," Xinhua said in a report, quoting Meng Wei, spokesperson for the National Development and Reform Commission.


It added that this marks the "24th consecutive month" for the figure to top 1,000 since the Covid-19 outbreak.


The Chinese official noted that the China-Europe freight train has demonstrated "strong resilience" and played a vital role in stabilizing global industrial and supply chains.


Express delivery volumes rise


In a separate report, the state media also noted that China's courier sector reported a 4.2% rise in its business volume in the first four months of 2022.


Xinhua said the country's delivery service providers handled 31.71 billion parcels in the January-April period, citing data from the Chinese State Post Bureau.


The report said during this period, business revenue of the sector gained 2.3% year on year to total 313.33 billion yuan (US$46.17 billion).


In April alone, Chinese delivery service providers saw their business volume and revenue down 11.9% and 10.1% respectively, from a year ago, it added.

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