The number of CRE trains operated rose significantly during the first half of this year, resgistering 5,122 accumulatively, up 36% year-on-year. In June, the CRE set a new monthly record of 1,169 trains operated.
According to an official of the freight department in CHINA RAILWAY, in H1 2020, CHINA RAILWAY, earnestly implementing the central governments deployments to ensure stability in employment, financial operations, foreign trade, foreign investment, domestic investment, and expectations, and ensure security in job, basic living needs, operations of market entities, food and energy security, stable industrial and supply chains, and the normal functioning of primary-level governments, have taken effective measures to give full play to CRE trains role as an important strategic corridor. Specifically, first, CHINA RAILWAY has given priority to the transport of anti-epidemic supplies for international cooperation. With the epidemic situation stabilized in China, CHINA RAILWAY has actively organized freight resources to quickly transport the anti-epidemic supplies, making contribution to help the international battle against the epidemic. Since the first CRE train carrying medical supplies departed at Yiwu on March 21, CRE trains have transported 3.67 million pieces (27,000 tons) of anti-epidemic supplies to Europe in H1 2020. Second, CHINA RAILWAY has made its best to undertake cargoes shifted from other modes of transport. With the sea and air transport being severely affected by the epidemic, CRE trains have become a more favorable choice, and the railway sector has made its best to undertake all cargoes shifted from sea and air and ensure their smooth transport. In H1 2020, CRE trains have transported 461,000 TEUs of cargoes, up 41% year-on-year. Third, CHINA RAILWAY has continued enhancing CRE train efficiency. Aiming at the increased workloads at border ports due to the huge growth in CRE train traffic, it has coordinated with the port authorities on enhancing manpower at these ports. It also upgraded the handover modes and enhanced real-time monitoring on transportation to ensure the smooth and safe traffic at these ports. It has given full play to the international coordination mechanisms, keeping the smooth information exchange with the railway authorities in the countries along the CRE train routes, and coordinating with railways in these countries on implementing consolidated transport (three trains consolidated to two trains) in broad-gauge sections, thus jointly shortening the journey time and improving the transport efficiency. Fourth, CHINA RAILWAY has successfully implemented the "digital port". It has implemented the 95306 "digital port" system at all railway port stations across the country, so as to achieve the overall information sharing with customs and railways in neighboring countries, and to realize the paperless customs clearance at these port stations. It also promoted the online sharing of data, quick declaration and inquiry, and automatic translation of Chinese and foreign information for all parties involved in the railway international through-traffic transportation, thus greatly reducing customs clearance time and making the customers enjoy more efficient and convenient freight services.