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芬兰部长表示,中欧班列优势、前景看好

2021-4-17 17:49


2020年11月20日,航拍照片显示,一列开往芬兰赫尔辛基的中欧货运列车在中国中部河南省郑州市莆田站等待发车。(新华社/郝元)


芬兰发展合作与外贸部部长斯金纳里表示,芬兰欢迎与中国建立更多货运班列连接,希望凭借自身在运输和物流方面的优势,成为中欧之间的领先枢纽。


赫尔辛基,4月15日(新华社)——一名芬兰部长表示,中欧班列具有一系列显著优势,中芬铁路贸易有巨大潜力。


芬兰发展合作与外贸部部长斯金纳里近日接受新华社采访时表示,芬兰欢迎与中国建立更多货运班列连接,希望凭借其在运输和物流方面的现有优势,成为中欧之间的领先枢纽。


中欧铁路货运服务于2011年启动,被认为是“一带一路”倡议的重要组成部分,促进了中国与“一带一路”沿线其他国家之间的贸易。


2017年,首条中芬中欧班列开通,连接中国西北部的西安和芬兰东南部的库沃拉。


目前,中欧班列已开通多条从芬兰出发或经芬兰的班列线路,连接西安、重庆、苏州等中国城市。


斯金纳里把速度列为货运列车的优势之一。他说:“芬兰和中国之间的货运火车大约需要两周时间,而海运通常至少需要1.5个月。”


斯金纳里补充说,与其他运输方式相比,铁路货运具有明显的可持续性优势,因为其碳排放要低得多。



他表示:“对于企业来说,重要的是能够使物流链多样化,以速度增加价值,并拥有替代的运输工具。”


他说,中欧班列为中国和芬兰以及其他北欧国家之间的贸易提供了便利,瑞典和挪威的工业也在寻找新的铁路线路。


芬兰公司Nurminen Logistics正在与中国合作运营多条中欧货运列车线路。


根据该公司早些时候发布的一份新闻稿,与前一年相比,2020年该公司往返中国的集装箱列车数量增长了两倍。


“我们确实看到芬兰和中国之间的铁路货运量显著增加。两国之间有很大的铁路贸易潜力。”斯金纳里希望芬兰对中国的出口能够增长。


“芬兰食品既安全又优质。中国对芬兰肉类等优质食品的需求不断增长,我们在这一领域的出口大幅增长,”他说。


他说:“在新冠肺炎疫情发生后,物流链风险无疑是很多企业更加意识到的问题。”他补充说,从中欧班列货运量的扩大可以看出,中欧班列具有竞争优势。


斯金纳里补充说,芬兰希望成为欧洲和中国之间的主要枢纽。


他说:“我相信芬兰在这一领域有自己的优势,例如,运转良好的进出口程序,可靠的运输网络,靠近北欧和欧洲的主要枢纽,甚至更远到北美,以及不同交通工具之间运转良好的过境。”


他说:“我们的政府很高兴看到芬兰和中国企业通过货运列车加强合作。”“两国之间加强互联互通是非常受欢迎的。”

Aerial photo shows a China-Europe freight train bound for Helsinki, Finland waiting for departure at Putian Station of Zhengzhou, central China's Henan Province, Nov. 20, 2020. (Xinhua/Hao Yuan)

Finland welcomes more freight train connections with China, and hopes to become a leading hub between China and Europe with its existing advantages in transportation and logistics, said Ville Skinnari, Finnish minister for development cooperation and foreign trade.

HELSINKI, April 15 (Xinhua) -- The China-Europe freight train has a series of significant advantages, and there is huge potential for trade between China and Finland by rail, a Finnish minister has said.

Finland welcomes more freight train connections with China, and hopes to become a leading hub between China and Europe with its existing advantages in transportation and logistics, said Ville Skinnari, Finnish minister for development cooperation and foreign trade, in a recent interview with Xinhua.

Initiated in 2011, the China-Europe cargo rail transport service is considered a significant component of the Belt and Road Initiative, boosting trade between China and other countries along the Belt and Road.

The first China-Europe freight train route between China and Finland opened in 2017, connecting Xi'an in northwestern China with Kouvola in southeastern Finland.

At present, there are several China-Europe freight train routes from or via Finland, connecting Chinese cities such as Xi'an, Chongqing, and Suzhou.

Skinnari listed speed as one of the advantages of the freight train. "The freight train ride between Finland and China takes about two weeks, compared to the sea freight which usually takes at least 1.5 months," he said.

The railway freight has a clear sustainability advantage compared to other means of transport due to much lower carbon emissions, Skinnari added.

A China-Europe freight train unloads cargoes at the Chengdu International Railway Port in Chengdu, southwest China's Sichuan Province, on Feb. 1, 2021. (Xinhua/Jiang Hongjing)

"For companies, it is important to be able to diversify their logistical chains, add value with speed and have alternative means of transport," he said.

The China-Europe freight train has facilitated trade between China and Finland as well as other Nordic countries, as industries from Sweden and Norway are also finding new railway routes, he said.

Finland-based company Nurminen Logistics is cooperating with China to operate several China-Europe freight train routes.

According to a press release issued earlier by the company, the volume of its container trains to and from China have tripled in 2020 compared to the previous year.

"We have indeed seen a significant increase in the railway freight volume between Finland and China. And there is a lot of potential for the trade between the two countries by rail," said Skinnari, hoping Finnish exports to China will grow.

"Finnish food is safe and of excellent quality. There is a growing demand in China for top-quality food products, such as Finnish meat, and our exports have grown significantly in this sector," he said.

"The logistical chain risk is definitely something that many companies are more aware of now after the COVID-19 pandemic," noted the minister, adding that it can be seen from the expansion of the freight volume that the China-Europe freight train has a competitive advantage.

Skinnari added that Finland wants to be a leading hub between Europe and China.

"I believe that Finland has its advantages in this sector, for example, well-functioning import or export procedures, reliable transport network, proximity to major hubs in Nordics and Europe and even further to North America, as well as well-functioning transit between different means of transport," he said.

"Our government is happy to see increased cooperation between Finnish and Chinese companies through the freight trains," he said. "Increased connectivity between the two countries is very welcome."

来自: xinhua