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First cargo train from Chengdu to Vienna launched

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A launching ceremony of the first cargo train from Chengdu to Vienna was held in Chengdu, southwest China's Sichuan Province on Thursday.

CGTNUpdated: April 12, 2018

A launching ceremony of the first cargo train from Chengdu to Vienna was held in Chengdu, southwest China's Sichuan Province on Thursday.

A launching ceremony of the first cargo train from Chengdu to Vienna was held in Chengdu, southwest China's Sichuan Province on April 12, 2018. [Photo/CGTN]

The Austrian President Alexander Van der Bellen, who headed a large delegation including Austrian Chancellor Sebastian Kurz and members of the business community, participated in the event.

"I have always favored transport of cargo by rail as compared to other means of transportation," said the Austrian president.

Austrian President Alexander Van der Bellen speaks at the launching ceremony. [Photo/CGTN]

Enhancing connectivity is a mutual aim of both China and Austria. By opening this railway line, the time spent on delivering goods will be considerably reduced.

The journey from Chengdu to Vienna by train will be several weeks shorter than the current mode of transport by sea.

"I hope that this freight service will become a regular one between the two cities and that it will be viable in both directions," said the president.

The first cargo train from Chengdu to Vienna. [Photo/CGTN]

The cargo train will take 13 days to arrive at its destination, with 41 carriages of various goods including LED screens, daily necessities, tires and decoration materials.