This year, 13 Chinese container trains have arrived in Ukraine, and 67 Chinese trains have moved in transit across Ukraine

. Ukrzaliznytsia and freight forwarding companies are working to fill trains returning to China with exports from Ukraine. In the 10 years since the first Chinese freight train traveled to Europe, 40,000 trains have made this trip, carrying goods worth more than $200 billion, reports Rail.insider.

China-EU rail container traffic could triple by the end of this decade

, has predicted Eurasian Corridors, a new study carried out by Roland Berger, the Munich-based consulting company. Based on a 2020 figure of 878,000 containers, traffic could double by 2025, according to the study, which was commissioned by the International Union of Railways. Ukrzaliznytsia is working to handle more China traffic destined for Central and Southern Europe.

Lemtrans, owner of Ukraine’s largest private rail car fleet, is investing $15 million to create a logistics hub at Mostyska,

 Ukraine’s Lviv region border town with Poland. By the end of this year, this ‘Dry Port’ will allow shippers to switch container between trains on Soviet gauge tracks and trains on EU gauge tracks. Referring to the growth of freight train traffic from China, Lemtrans General Director Vladimir Mezentsev told Interfax-Ukraine: “Such a project can give an impetus to the development of the entire industry of freight rail transportation in Ukraine.”