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15.04.2016 | 14:57

First container train from China to Iran launched (according to the Xinhua news agency)

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A container train to Iran started from the city of Yiwu in Eastern China on 28 January 2016 transit through the territories of China, Kazakhstan, Turkmenistan and Iran.

The route of this container train laid main rail­way network of Chine connected through the Alashankou - Dostyk border crossing point onto the railway network of Kazakhstan, Turk­menistan and Iran with a destination in Tehran. The total length of the route makes up 10399 km throughout which technical operations are carried out twice due to a double change of the track gauge. The en-route time by rail has made about 10 days.

This container train is another block train which route passes through the Silk Way, thus implementing the concept "One Belt - One Road".

Since the moment that the concept "One Belt - One Road" has been put forward, container route trains began to develop promptly. For the past two years the goods transportation prime costs decreased by 20%, but the transportation efficiency increased by 20%. In 2015 the number of organised container block trains made up 815 that is 165% more in comparison with the similar period of the past year.

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