XI'AN, March 26 (Xinhua) -- A new China-Europe sea-rail freight train route was launched in Xi'an, capital of northwest China's Shaanxi Province on Wednesday, according to China Railway Xi'an Group Co., Ltd.
The first freight train on the route, loaded with cables, gears and other cargo, departed from Xi'an and will pass through Kazakhstan, Belarus and Russia. The cargo will be shipped to the port of Rostock in Germany and transported to Italy's Verona and Sweden's Gothenburg and Stockholm.
As of March 25, Xi'an has launched 13 freight train routes linking Kazakhstan, Belgium, Germany, Poland and other countries.
Since the beginning of this year, the city has launched 593 freight trains, 2.3 times that of the same period last year.