first Harbin–Russia international cargo train carrying 47 cargo
containers started operation from Harbin, the capital of northeast
China’s Heilongjiang province, on Feb. 27.
In the next 10 days, the train will pass through Manzhouli Port,
Russian cities such as Novosibirsk and Chelyabinsk, and finally reach
Yekaterinburg, the final destination.
The total running time is 10 days, covering a total distance of 5,889
kilometers. With the new train’s operation, cargo transport time from
China to Russia will be greatly shortened
Meng Qingwen, general manager of Hao Logistics, the company that runs
the train service, said: "With the shortest operating time and lowest
cost, it will become the best China–Russia international cargo line."
According to Meng, goods in southern China used to be transported to
Dalian by train or trucks, and then shipped eventually to Russia later.
It generally took 40 days for the products to arrive at their final
The new cargo train, starting from Harbin and entering Russia from
Manzhouli Port, is currently the shortest operating rail line to Russia.
Foods carried by the train will go through only a one-time customs
inspection in Harbin, which will greatly save on time and cost.
Moreover, the rail transport is safe and reliable. The rate of damage
for cargo transport is much lower than that of sea transport.