XIAMEN, June 8 (Xinhua) — The 1,000th Silk Road Shipping voyage this year set off Monday from Xiamen, a coastal city in east China’s Fujian Province.

Silk Road Shipping is an alliance jointly initiated in late 2018 by dozens of ports, carriers and logistics service providers in countries along the Belt and Road (B&R).

On Monday morning, the Seaspan Lumaco called at Xiamen port, bringing imported goods including tropical fruit, hats and clothes manufactured in B&R countries. The vessel departed carrying goods such as mechanical and electronic products and raw materials to ports in Malaysia, Singapore and the Philippines.

So far, 72 voyages from five Chinese ports have connected 96 ports in Asia, the Middle East, Africa and Europe.

Xiamen is an important port for the Belt and Road Initiative. In the first five months of the year, Silk Road Shipping voyages from Xiamen port had handled more than 1 million TEUs, up 24.3 percent year on year.

Li Nan, deputy general manager of Fujian Silk Road Maritime Management Company, said shipping companies operating Silk Road Shipping voyages have taken measures including optimizing the routes and adding shipping space and fleets to ensure the smooth flow of goods in the post-epidemic era. Enditem

By Chinaeuropenet

Xuefei Chen Axelsson is an independent media person. She has been a journalist for 30 years. She studied English, International politics, and sustainable development. She has been to Zimbabwe, Mozambique, Namibia and South Africa, Australia, New Zealand and America, Canada, France, Germany, Spain and all the nordic countries including Sweden, Finland, Denmark, Norway, Iceland and Britain. She is good at talking with all kinds of people and exchange ideas and serves as a bridge between China and the world.

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