You wait for ages, then two China to Afghanistan freight services start at once.
— China Xinhua News (@XHNews) August 28, 2016
This second service set off from Yiwu in eastern China’s Zhejiang Province on August 28, carrying 100 containers of goods worth more than US$4m. The 7500 km journey to Mazar-i-Sharif via Kazakhstan and Uzbekistan was expected to take 15 days. A weekly service is planned by the end of the year.1
The contaners are carried on flat wagons, rather than open wagons as with the train from Nantong.
- First freight train linking Yiwu to Afghanistan departs, Xinhua, 28 August 2016 ↩