CHINA Foreign trade of Khorgas Port in Xinjiang on path to recovery

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Foreign trade of Khorgas Port in Xinjiang on path to recovery

Global Times

14:30, August 23, 2021

Khorgas Port in Northwest China's Xinjiang Uygur Autonomous Region has experienced a rapid recovery from the Covid-19 pandemic over the first seven months of the year, according to media reports.

China-EU freight train, carrying juice, plastic products and daily necessities, pulls out of the station at Xi'an, Northwest China's Shaanxi Province, heading to Khorgas in Northwest China's Xinjiang Uygur Autonomous Region on February 22. (Photo: cnsphoto)

A total of 11,659 commercial vehicles were exported through highway in Khorgas Port from January to July, an increase of 219 percent year-on-year, with the highest single-day inspection and release of 150 commercial vehicles and mainly including dump trucks, rollers, tractors, Xinhua News Agency reported on Friday.

Moreover, the number of China-Europe trains entering and leaving Khorgas Port reached 3,057 from January to June, up 52.5 percent year-on-year. The cargo volume reached 4.29 million tons, up 66.8 percent year-on-year.

Meanwhile, the import and export cargo volume at Khorgas Port reached 18.68 million tons in the first half of the year, an increase of 13.8 percent compared with the previous year, accounting for more than 50 percent of total import and export volume for the region, according to chinanews.com.

Data showed that the imported goods included natural gas, timber, iron ore, grain and oil crops, licorice, and other traditional bulk commodities. Mechanical and electrical products, clothing, footwear, textile fabrics and products, fruits and vegetables were mainly exported to five Central Asian countries and Russia.

The total value of Xinjiang's imports and exports reached 65.87 billion yuan ($10.13 billion) in the first half of the year, an increase of 19.1 percent compared to the same period last year, officials said at a press conference on August 5.

According to statistics provided during the press conference, Xinjiang's import and export to countries joining the Belt and Road Initiative (BRI) and the Regional Comprehensive Economic Partnership (RCEP) has grown significantly.

The total value of Xinjiang's imports and exports to BRI countries reached 56.65 billion yuan, an increase of 23.1 percent, accounting for 86 percent of the total value of the region's imports and exports.

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