A 40-container train carrying cargo valued at $363,000 departed Haicang on route to Moscow last week. The departure coincides with the two-year anniversary of the listing of the Xiamen Free Trade Zone.
The new route adds to cities such as Lodz, Poland and Almaty, Kazakhstan, that are now linked to Xiamen as a part of China's One Belt and Road initiative to deepen economic ties with regional trading partners.
The new route reduces shipping time to Moscow to 14 days instead of 25 days. Initial rail exports included clothing, building materials and machinery. Imports such as wood, vegetable oil and other commodities are expected to dominate the line. The route currently includes a thrice-monthly schedule, with plans for weekly service by the end of the year.