At 10: 58 am 30th September, with the sound of train whistle, the first train from Shijiazhuang to Central Asia (Shijiazhuang-Tashkent) officially started from the largest inland port in the Beijing-Tianjin-Hebei region--South-Central Hebei Smart Port, as a gift to the 69th birthday of our great motherland! Starting slowly from the South-Central Hebei Smart Port, the cargo-laden train will pass the Holgoz port and eventually reach Tashkent, the capital of Uzbekistan, traveling more than 4000 kilometers with a running time of about eight days. There are 41 carriages in total on this China-Central Asia Express, containing goods including ceramic tiles, baby strollers, mechanical products, tires, stone products and so on from Beijing, Tianjin and Hebei Province. CCTV News broadcast made a special report on the first China-Central Asia train.
The following is the special report of China-Central Asia Express from the South-Central Hebei Smart Port by CCTV News broadcast. Please click it to watch.
Chairman Liu Ruiling is interviewed by CCTV
In 2013, President Xi Jinping launched "The Belt and Road" initiative to the world, bringing unprecedented new opportunities for development of the whole world. Hebei Province, which is located in the circle of Beijing-Tianjin-Hebei Coordinative Development, clearly puts forward the strategic orientation of "the important base of modern commerce and logistics in China". Under this opportunity, Yibo Group invested in the construction of the South-Central Hebei Smart Port, and built it into a unique large logistics hub with the function of multimodal transport in Beijing, Tianjin and Hebei Province, which would promote the integration of trade and logistics resources and the upgrading of industry in the area of Beijing, Tianjin and Hebei Province. At present, phase I of the Smart Port has been successfully put into operation and on 29th June, 2018, China-Europe express of “Shijiazhuang-Moscow” was initial opened.
The First Departure of "Shijiazhuang-Tashkent" China-Central Asia Express from the South-Central Hebei Smart Port
Chairman Liu Ruiling said in an interview with CCTV and Hebei TV that thanks to the China-Europe and China-Central Asia expresses from the South-Central Hebei Smart Port, the inland central and southern Hebei region, which is not along the national border, the sea nor the river, has the trade port which will further promote the development of the regional logistics industry. In the future, the South-Central Hebei Smart Port will continually respond to the "The Belt and Road" initiative and expand new Express line to play a positive role, promoting the economic growth of foreign trade in Hebei Province and even in the Beijing-Tianjin-Hebei region and providing important support for the construction of the core area of Silk Road economic zone.
The opening of the China-Central Asia Express will facilitate the international trade in Shijiazhuang, enhance international economic and trade exchanges and cooperation in Shijiazhuang, and promote the development of Shijiazhuang's "4+4" modern industry. It is not only the important measure for the integration of Shijiazhuang into the "The Belt and Road" initiative, and Beijing-Tianjin-Hebei Coordinative Development, but also an effective way to build a new channel of foreign trade import and export in Hebei Province and its surrounding areas, which has positive effect on and strategic significance for promoting the economic growth of foreign trade and the development of logistics industry in Hebei Province and even Beijing, Tianjin and Hebei Province.