A CONTAINER shipping route that connects
Wuhan, capital Hubei Province on the middle reaches of the Yangtze with
Osaka, Kobe and Nagoya opened officially on November 28.
In 2018, Japan became the fourth largest
trading partner of Hubei Province and the second largest trading
partner of Wuhan, with annual trade value with Hubei reaching CNY27.4
billion (US$3.9 billion), up 18.5 per cent year on year.
Compared with existing routes, the river-ocean container shipping route
can save about two days and takes only five days for cargo to reach
these Japanese ports.
Apart from largely reducing logistics costs, the container shipping
route also helps expand the railway-waterway joint transportation
channels between Japan and Europe through Wuhan as a place of
As Zhang Lin, director of Wuhan New Port Administration Committee, introduces, direct container shipping services will be offered once a week with two vessels on duty by turns.
Upon the future stable operation of the route, 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, according
to Mr Zhang.
By April 2020, the route is expected to link up with the Sino-Europe
freight train routes of Wuhan to realise multi-model international
transportation via transshipment in the city.
By the closed-loop international logistics channel, goods from Japan can
be delivered to regions such as Central Asia, the Middle East and
In recent years, 80 per cent of export commodities of Wuhan, whose
foreign trade kept growing rapidly, have been exported via shipping,
triggering demands for direct international shipping routes.