Xinhua: “This new connection is the first rail line dedicated to cross-border e-commerce between China and Europe”. Now Belgium is ready for it first EU Cross-border Forum
The first freight train from eastern China’s Yiwu, world famous marketplace for small commodities, arrived in Liege, Belgium on Friday, creating a new link between Europe and China, stated Xinhua. This new freight connection is the first rail line dedicated to cross-border e-commerce between China, Central Asia and Europe. Its launch marks the beginning of a new era for the China Railway Express and Alibaba eWTP Cainiao.
The new train-cargo, loaded with 82 Twenty Foot Equivalent Units (TEUs) arrived at the terminal in Liege after a 17-day journey. This new service is part of the cooperation between Yiwu City and Electronic World Trade Platform (eWTP) proposed by Jack Ma, founder of e-commerce behemoth Alibaba.
Michel Kempeneers, COO Overseas at Wallonia Export-Investment Agency (AWEX), said during the arrival ceremony: “Yiwu is at the heart of e-commerce development in China, and the departure of cargo trains offers Walloon and European exporters new opportunities to reach the Chinese consumer market at a lower cost.” The Chinese Ambassador to Belgium Cao Zhongming stated: “The opening of the China Railway Express is a further achievement in the cooperation between China and Belgium, particularly in the context of the BRI.
©Cifnews雨果网. The first edition of the EU CBEC FORUM will focus on the best ways to engage with China in the Cross-Border E-commerce context.
After reaching Liege, the parcels can be dispatched to other European countries via eHub, owned by Alibaba’s logistics arm Cainiao Network in Liege, and other regional distribution channels. The new route is expected to cut the delivery time from Yiwu to Europe by at least one to two days. It was officially launched last year during the occasion of the celebration of the 30th anniversary of the twinning between the Walloon Region and Henan Province and now Belgium is ready to host the first EU Cross border E-commerce Forum.
Cross-border is showing us how China and EU have huge space and potential for exchanges and cooperation. Now Belgium is ready to host the first EU Cross border E-commerce Forum. EU CBEC FORUM will focus on the best ways to engage with China in the Cross-Border E-commerce context, in order to fully take advantage of the opportunities offered by both Europe and China. This event, launched thanks to the cooperation between Cifnews雨果网 and AWEX, wants to become the first and most prominent platform on cross-border e-commerce in Europe where all the players can meet and exchange ideas, find new partners, share experiences and grow their network in this fast-changing global environment.
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