A train passed the Erenhot crossing in North China's Inner Mongolia Autonomous Region on August 22, 2017. (Photo：VCG)
The railway import and export freight volumes in Erenhot, North China's Inner Mongolia Autonomous Region, hit a record high in the first quarter this year, reaching 3.14 million tons, increasing by 44.2 percent, according to statistics released on Monday.
Import volume reached 2.83 million tons, increasing by 43.6 percent. Meanwhile, China-Europe trains trips totaled 261, increasing by 307.8 percent.
Erenhot is a significant international channel for trade and economic exchanges among China, Mongolia and Russia and also the biggest China-Mongolia railway crossing.
The city optimized its transportation structure starting this year, focusing on bulk cargo such as crude oil, iron ore, and coal, as part of the Belt and Road initiative.
There are currently a total of 22 China-Europe routes at the Erenhot crossing.
(Compiled by Qu Qiuyan)