Under strict epidemic prevention and control, China Railway Urumqi Group Co., Ltd. has made full use of the advantages of railway international through traffic transport corridors, promoted the development of the Belt and Road Initiative, ensured the smooth flow of international and domestic supply chains, and promoted the steady recovery of economy. In 2020, the railway ports at China-Kazakhstan border witnessed a throughput of 21.62 million tons, up 23.2% year-on-year, including imports of 13.969 million tons, up 29.8% year-on-year, exports of 7.651 million tons, up 12.7% year-on-year. Totally 9,679 CRE trains were operated, crossing the Chinese border via the Xinjiang railway border stations, and both the imports and exports and the operated CRE trains have reached record highs.
With the advancing of the Belt and Road Initiative, at present, there are 22 routes of CRE train services via Alataw Pass border station, involving more than 200 kinds of goods to 13 countries including Germany, Poland, Belgium and Russia. There are 16 routes of CRE train services via Horgos border station, involving more than 100 kinds of goods to over 10 countries such as Uzbekistan, Poland and Germany. The load factor of CRE trains in return trips has steadily increased, and the comprehensive efficiency of CRE trains in cross-border trade has become increasingly prominent.