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f the railroads and pipelines running through the Alataw Pass are the arteries of the boom

上海会所ing crossborder trade, Urumqi, Xinjiang’s capital, is working to position itself as the brain.

That goal has been brought within reach by a smart, real-time monitoring system th

at consolidates freight information and train timetables for the China Railway Express.上海会所品茶微信

The system is located at the Urumqi International Inland Port Area, a railway con

tainer distribution center of 67 square kilometers near the outskirts of the city.

Pointing to a giant screen showing trains in operation on a digital map, Ma Chunlei, an official with上海会所

the port area authority, was unable to hide his pride in the system, which will be officially rolled out in August.

The map is flanked by charts displaying different types of freight, trade volumes for inbound上海会所品茶微信

and outbound goods, and the number of trains currently passing through the region.

上海会所The highlight of the screen, according to Ma, is that it calculates how many cargo cars are empty

and available for reloading during the each train’s journey across the Eurasian continent.

“For example, we can tell that this train from Duisburg is scheduled to arrive in Urumqi in two days and it has 10 empty cars,” he said, circling the number with a laser pointer.上海会所品茶微信

“The capacity of those 10 freight cars could easily be wasted if we did not have access to such information and could not share it with businesses along the route,” he added.

“Thanks to the smart system, businesses in neighboring Kazakhstan can stockpile goods at designated stations (to be loaded) before the train continues on its journey to China.”

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