A freight train connecting China and Europe [Photo/VCG]
A freight train carrying hundreds of thousands of goods worth over $6 million to help prevent and control the novel coronavirus pneumonia (NCP) outbreak in China left Hamburg in Germany for Suzhou Feb 7.
Officials from the comprehensive bonded zone of Suzhou New District said that efforts along international train lines connecting Suzhou and foreign countries such as Russia, Poland, Germany, Switzerland, the Netherlands, Vietnam and Thailand have and will continue to transport much-needed medical supplies to China, including masks, protective clothing, goggles and ear thermometers.
"More supplies will soon hit the road, such as over 10,000 N95 medical masks purchased in Russia, surgical masks produced in Thailand, disinfectant and alcohol at 75 percent purity," said an official from the district.
The comprehensive bonded zone took advantage of international logistics, teamed up cross-border suppliers, and did its part to contribute to the prevention and control of the NCP.
Statistics show that freight trains connecting Suzhou and European countries have in the past eight years seen Suzhou bonding business create ties with 21 countries involved in the Belt and Road Initiative, saving more time and money than they would using shipping. Suzhou was the first city in Jiangsu province and the third in China to launch such train lines.