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Container business of Silk Road maritime project hit record high

chinadaily.com.cn| Updated: Sep 29, 2019

The container throughput of the Silk Road Maritime project exceeded more than 1 million TEUs (twenty-foot equivalent units) by Sept 20, according to statistics released by Xiamen Port Holding Group.


Twenty new routes are added to the Silk Road maritime project in the first half of this year. [Photo/xmnn.cn]

The Silk Road Maritime project, launched by Fujian province on Dec 12, 2018, has opened 50 routes providing nearly 1,219 shipping services in the first nine months of this year. More than 100 port companies, shipping companies, logistics companies, trade, and manufacturing companies have joined the project. 

The container throughput of the Silk Road Maritime project totaled 1.04 million TEUs, up 10.76 percent year-on-year, and 43 of Xiamen Port's shipping routes made 1,049 shipments, contributing to a total container throughput of 865,000 TEUs, growing by 13.52 percent year-on-year.


The sailing ceremony for Silk Road Service NV2 Maersk is held in July, marking another step forward for Xiamen Port in expanding international transit business. [Photo/people.com.cn]

The Silk Road maritime project has attached great importance to improving the level of service standards and customs efficiency in order to facilitate the orderly flow of goods, according to Li Nan, deputy general manager of Fujian Silk Road Maritime Operation Company.

Li added that the company will provide more high-standard port services and create a strong business environment for shipping companies, as it looks to promote the agglomeration of supply of goods and open up more international shipping routes.