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Yiwu-Tehran cargo train

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Added On January 31, 2016

China has a new rail link with Iran.
 
Full of commodities, the first cargo train running between east China's Yiwu City and Tehran departed the well known Chinese small commodities manufacturing hub Thursday morning.
 
It is also the first regular container train linking China to the Middle East.
 
SOUNDBITE (CHINESE) ZHENG BO, Yiwu Customs:
"The commodities are mainly for daily life, like some textile products, including quilts, and small electronic appliances, like hair drier."
 
The train will pass through Kazakhstan and Turkmenistan before reaching its destination Tehran.
 
According to the train's operator, Yiwu Tianmeng Industry Investment Co., the whole trip takes 14 days.
 
Catering to the Belt and Road Initiative, the train is expected to further promote China's cooperation with Middle East countries.
 
SOUNDBITE (CHINESE) FENG XUBIN, Yiwu Tianmeng Industry Investment Co.:
"Iran has been among the top five export destinations of Yiwu during the past 10 years. The freight between the two sides has been running at a high level."
 
China's Yiwu city has been well known for its booming small commodities manufacturing.
 
Middle East businessmen currently living in the city are about 4,000 and the number of companies owned by investors from the region are more than 180.
 
In 2015, the city exported 8.8 billion U.S. dollars goods to the Middle East countries.