Overview of port operations
The China-Europe freight train operated smoothly this week, and the performance of each ports varied. Since the bad weather in Xinjiang lingers, and the transshipment at Alashankou has significantly increased, with an average of 6-12 days, while that at Khorgos is about 5-8 days.
Affected by the disruption with ocean transport, the Europe-bound rail service has also begun to experience big fluctuations. Rail platform companies have rescheduled their plans for January and raised booking prices. The booking prices from Xi'an, Chongqing, Chengdu, Zhengzhou and other stations to Mala, Duisburg, and Hamburg have increased. Yiwu has confirmed that their prices will increase after January 1st, and the freight rates from Jinan, Jiaozhou and other northern regions to European terminals will also be lifted. Up to now, the spaces on the Xi'an Express for January has sold out, and those in Chengdu and Chongqing for early January are basically fully booked. Guangzhou Zengcheng, Suzhou and other stations announced that they will gradually reopen their westbound service in mid-Jan.
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The supply and demand are stable, and the overall supply of space of January is sufficient. Space is available to Khorgos, Almaty, and Tashkent.