Direct container shipping route opens between Central China's Wuhan and Japan

Container route adds connectivity between central China and Japanese ports

A direct container shipping route that connects Wuhan, capital of Central China's Hubei Province, with cities in Japan including Osaka, Kobe and Nagoya has been officially opened. It expands the railway-waterway joint transportation channels between these areas.

Government officials say that compared with existing routes, the river-ocean container shipping route can save about two days of transit and takes only five days for cargo to reach the above-mentioned ports of Japan from Wuhan city.

Apart from largely reducing logistics costs, the container shipping route also helps expand the between Japan and Europe through Wuhan as a place of transshipment.

Direct container shipping services will be offered once a week with two vessels on duty by turns and, if successful, authorities hope that services will be increased to twice a week with four container ships providing services by turns together with an increase in ports of call in Japan.

By April 2020, the route is expected to link up with the Sino-Europe freight train routes of Wuhan to realize multi-model international transportation via transshipment in the city.

In 2018, Japan became the fourth largest trading partner of China's Hubei Province and the second largest trading partner of Wuhan, with annual trade value with Hubei reaching 27.4 billion yuan, up 18.5 percent year on year.

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