- 1 November 2019
- Transport / Logistics Services
A train carrying purely e-commerce goods arrived in Liege from Yiwu City in China last week, after a 17 day transit.
The Alibaba Electronic World Trade Platform (eWTP) train is the first rail connection between China, Central Asia and Europe specifically dedicated to e-commerce. It was first proposed by the founder of Alibaba, Jack Ma.
Upon arriving in Liege by train, parcels are sent to a Cainao e-hub and then through a number of distribution channels on to customers. The route cuts delivery times between China and Europe by two days.
Michel Kempeneers, COO Overseas at Wallonia Export-Investment Agency (AWEX), said during the arrival ceremony: “Yiwu is at the heart of e-commerce development in China, and the departure of cargo trains offers Walloon and European exporters new opportunities to reach the Chinese consumer market at a lower cost.”
The Chinese Ambassador to Belgium Cao Zhongming said: “The opening of the China Railway Express is a further achievement in the cooperation between China and Belgium, particularly in the context of the Belt and Road Initiative.”