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Budapest-Changsha Return Freight Train Service Launched

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The Hunan-Europe Express, Budapest-Changsha, return freight train service headed for Changsha from Budapest’s BILK Railway Station was launched on November 27, 2017. Hunan Vice Governor He Baoxiang attended the launching ceremony.

The train carries 41 containers of red wine, beer, cereals, milk powder and hardware accessories made in Hungary and its neighboring countries. Its 10,118 km route runs through Slovakia, Poland, Belarus, Russia, and Mongolia, and should arrive in Changsha in 15 days.

It will be a “star train” of the China-Europe Railway Express to facilitate Hunan business expansion into countries along the “Belt and Road” route.

According to the Changsha Customs statistics, there have been 71,600 tons of goods declared at the customs and exported through Hunan-Europe Express during the first ten months of 2017. They had a value of 463 million USD, a year-on-year increase of 210% and 110% respectively.

Since being launched in October 2014, the Hunan-Europe Express has operated about 300 freight trains which delivered 23,000 TEUs of import and export cargos weighting 480,000 tons. Their value exceeded 1.25 billion CNY. Four to five regular trains operate every week. Goods from Hunan, Guangdong, Zhejiang, and other neighboring provinces are exported to 13 major cities in foreign countries, including Russia, Belarus, Germany, Poland, Kuwait, Ukraine, and Hungary.

Background information
The twenty-foot equivalent unit (often TEU or teu) is an inexact unit of cargo capacity often used to describe the capacity of container ships and container terminals. It is based on the volume of a 20-foot-long (6.1 m) intermodal container, a standard-sized metal box which can be easily transferred between different modes of transportation, such as ships, trains and trucks.

The container is defined by its length though there is a lack of standardization in regard to height, ranging between 4 feet 3 inches (1.30 m) and 9 feet 6 inches (2.90 m), with the most common height being 8 feet 6 inches (2.59 m). Also, it is common to designate 45-foot (13.7 m) containers as 2 TEU, rather than 2.25 TEU. (Source:

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Translator: Xiao Juan

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