China-Europe freight train taps business opportunities in Frankfurt
FRANKFURT – A third freight train recently arrived in Frankfurt from China and a local general manager believed that it would bring more business opportunities to the city.
Given that transportations by sea and air are both strained, the China-Europe freight trains provided another way of direct connections, Kawus Khederzadeh, general manager of the industrial park in Hoechst Frankfurt, told media in a recent interview. “It will increase the vitality of the logistics industry in Frankfurt and bring more business opportunities,” Khederzadeh said. Starting from Shenyang city in China, a freight train carrying auto parts and components arrived in the Hoechst district of Frankfurt on Wednesday. It was the third freight train coming to Frankfurt from China within 12 months. As the China-Europe freight trains are covering an increasing number of destinations in European countries regularly, there has not been a regular freight train linking Frankfurt to China. Located at the centre of the European continent, Frankfurt has good connections with other destinations in Europe by all means. Since the freight fare by sea is hovering on a relatively high level, the China-Europe freight trains will be an important alternative, said Khederzadeh.
container throughput up in first four months
China’s ports saw a slight expansion of cargo throughput in the first four months of the year despite COVID-19 disruptions, official data showed. Cargo throughput at the country’s ports neared 4.91 billion tonnes in the period, edging up 0.2 percent year on year, according to the Ministry of Transport. During the January-April period, the container handling volume at China’s ports rose 1.7 percent from a year ago to 91.04 million twenty-foot equivalent units (TEUs), the data showed.
In April alone, China’s ports handled more than 1.27 billion tonnes of cargo, while container throughput stood at 23.66 million TEUs, according to the ministry.
China’s natural gas output up 4.7 pct in April
China saw a steady increase in its natural gas output in April, official data showed.
The country’s natural gas output was 17.7 billion cubic meters in April, up 4.7 percent from a year ago, according to the National Bureau of Statistics.
In the first four months of this year, China reported a total of 74.7 billion cubic meters of natural gas production, up 6.2 percent year on year.
During the January-April period, China imported a total of 35.87 million tonnes of natural gas, down 8.9 percent year on year, the bureau said.