In mid-April, a batch of photovoltaic cells worth nearly 10 million yuan arrived in France via the China-Europe freight train (TFCE), which is the fifth TW Solar exported from Chengdu (Sichuan) to the EU this year. In the first quarter alone, the company received more than 400 million yuan of export orders. Yan Yi, deputy head of Qingbajiang Customs, a branch of Chengdu Customs, said that during this period, the province’s private enterprises’ international trade volume doubled compared to last year, and exports to France, Italy and other countries increased. by more than 60%. He said the volume of imported goods is also increasing year by year, and the number of international trade enterprises between Sichuan and Europe has increased from more than 200 in 2017 to more than 17,000 currently.
Exchanges are rising thanks to TFCE. Li Junfeng, deputy general manager of Chengdu International Express Railway Corporation, said that since its opening until April 2022, TFCE (Chengdu) has operated more than 9,500 trains, connecting 69 overseas cities.
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TW Solar is a private company that produces photovoltaic cells, and through convenient measures such as the “green channel” of customs inspection and control, it has fully realized the advantages of international logistics channels. From TFCE in Chengdu-Chongqing District. The export volume of solar batteries remains on top of the world, with a large market share in the European Union.
The PV sector in the European Union started and developed earlier than in China, but in recent years, the country has gradually been catching up and gaining market share in terms of smart manufacturing in this sector. “In the first quarter of this year, our overseas orders in smart photovoltaics increased steadily thanks to TFCE, and we are filling with orders,” said Zhai Xujin, deputy general manager of TW Solar.
TFCE is an international multimodal container rail transport between China and countries along the Belt and Road and Europe. Many outlets have opened thanks to their low cost and high efficiency, especially since the beginning of the epidemic. More and more cities in China are associated with TFCE. So, on the morning of January 18, 2022, a train carrying 50 containers worth over 10 million yuan of health and leather products, shoes, clothes and handicrafts left from Quanzhou (Fujian) for Moscow. the first.
“Out of the 50 containers, 11 contain goods from our customers in Jinjiang,” said Zhong Hong, director of Quanzhou Jinjiang Land Port. And to clarify that due to the impact of the epidemic over the past two years, the capacity in international shipping is insufficient and the shortage of containers is great. International manufacturing and trading enterprises in Jinjiang were severely affected. “Some companies exporting to Europe or countries along the ‘Belt and Road’ prefer to go ahead and ship their products through TFCE in Shanghai and Ningbo in order to export goods more easily. With the link open in Quanzhou, companies can now ship to their doorstep, making export Easier but also reduces costs.
On February 7, the train reached Moscow after covering 10,960 kilometers in 20 days, which is 25 days less by sea.
French wine, highly sought after by customers at the France Pavilion of Chengdu Eurasia Shopping Center
New Channels for French Wine
In Chengdu International Railway Station, where TFCE (Chengdu) goods are shipped, there is the Chengdu Eurasia cargo pavilion, where customers flock to shop every day. It houses 32 national pavilions with FMCG ranging from maternal and child products, cosmetics, snacks, apparel, luxury items, furniture, automobiles and other consumer goods from all over the world who have been awarded TFCE (Chengdu).
“In addition to providing customers with highly affordable products from all over the world, we also regularly conduct online and offline cultural exchanges between China and foreign countries, including French wine tasting, Italian beer brewing experience and other interactive activities,” said Zeng Yi, Director of International Communication Department. Chengdu International Railway Station Management Committee, “customers can experience Europe without leaving China.”
“At the OTO Cross-Border Testing Center located in the Commodity Hall, it takes only 10 minutes for customers to scan a QR code, place an order, complete the customs declaration, complete customs clearance and delivery. Chen Ying, external communication manager for brokerage Pan-Asia International Logistics, noted that 80% of the goods sold in the Experience Center are imported, and buyers appreciate the duty-free status and customs.Orders are placed through the online platform, and once the customs declaration is issued, the wagons quickly deliver the cleared goods to the buyers.
According to Chen Ying, thanks to the stable operation of TFCE (Chengdu) and the rapid development of the international railway station, the company’s business has rapidly expanded from freight transportation to international trade and cross-border e-commerce, and its business is increasing. expansion. For foreign trade alone, the company’s annual sales volume increased from about 20 million yuan at the beginning to nearly 600 million yuan last year. »
Shi Ruifeng, director of the French Pavilion, explains that since it opened in 2018, 100,000 bottles of French wine have been sold each year. “We use French wine as a loss leader and have moved from selling products to cultural and economic exchanges. Meanwhile, the pavilion has held more than 200 economic and trade exchange activities between China and France, including the China-France Small Business Exchange Conference and the Investment Promotion Conference.” , we will cooperate with major Chinese-foreign logistics companies to innovate orders and integrate the whole wine cellar, bring wine regularly every month, and finally establish a more complete industrial chain around the French wine railway station. According to Mr. Shi, the French wine sector will bring value to Chengdu, and a good start to the operation of TFCE (Chengdu) bodes well for this goal.
“caravan of steel”
In the context of the global fight against the epidemic, TFCE has become a low-cost, efficient and secure logistics channel to ensure international trade flows. It is a “caravan of steel” that supports world trade.
According to National Bureau of Statistics data, in the first quarter of 2022, the total value of China’s merchandise imports and exports reached 9.42 trillion yuan, a year-on-year increase of 10.7 percent. The growth of Sino-European trade is particularly strong, with bilateral trade volume between China and Europe reaching 205.87 billion US dollars.
In Berlin, one can easily buy electronic devices from China by placing orders online; Similarly, in Paris, 15 days after ordering, the kiwi from Chengdu arrives at the table after traveling 11,000 kilometers. “CEFT not only shortens temporal and spatial distance, but also between people,” said Mr. Li Junfeng, saying that over the past five years, the number of CETFs has increased by 55% annually with greater diversification of products, ranging from daily consumer goods to mobile phones and mobile devices. Computer to more than 50,000 product categories, ranging from auto parts to complete vehicles, chemicals and electromechanical products.
In the first quarter of this year, a total of 1,941 TFCEs were operated on all routes, shipping 174,000 TEUs, a year-on-year increase of 15% and 18%, respectively. This important artery that crosses the Eurasian continent and connects the two oceans has already seen more than 50,000 trains in operation, reaching 180 cities in 23 European countries. Yao Ling, director of the European Research Office of the Research Institute of the Ministry of Commerce, notes that by exploiting CETs, China-EU trade has forged a close relationship between industrial and supply chains to become an “instrument for stabilization and acceleration.” Sino-European trade.
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