China's cargo transport via railway amounted to 320 million tonnes in July, rising 8.5% from the preceding year, showed data from China State Railway Group on August 9.
Of the total, 50% or 160 million tonnes were coal shipment, growing 2.5% from the year prior, given full play of Daqin, Haoji, Wari and Tanghu railways' role, a CCTV journalist learned from Xiao Rui, vice director with Cargo Transport and Sales Department of China Railway.
In the first seven months, total cargo shipment came in at 2.02 billion tonnes across the country, up by 4.57% year on year.
However, shipments at domestic major coal rail lines were not balanced in the first half of this year.
Daqin railway, a leading coal-dedicated rail line, saw June shipment up 8.74% year on year to 38.95 million tonnes which ushered in a rebound in transport, although January-June delivery dropped 14.01% to 188 million tonnes.
However, Haoji railway, which just opened to traffic in September last year, shipped a total 9.76 million tonnes of coal in the first half of 2020, with daily delivery only at 53,300 tonnes or 5.20% of Daqin's shipment. This was not close to 70% of the expected transport set by China Railway for the railway in 2020.
Daqin line realized 431 million tonnes of coal shipment in 2019, while Haoji railway has a designed annual capacity of 200 million tonnes.
Data showed that China's daily cargo loading at railway successively refreshed new highs over May-July this year, with daily loading of containers in July up 34.3% year on year to 32,000 trains.
A total 34.46 million tonnes of iron ore were shipped out of major coastal ports by railway in July, rising 23.9% year on year.
China Railway in July 2018 once set a shipment goal for all cargoes at 3.72 billion tonnes by 2020, which means shipment growth should reach 12.14% in the second half of this year in order to meet the goal.
But the goal at 3.65 billion tonnes set at a meeting on January 2 this year was slightly lower than previous one, which means 55.21% of the target has been completed and the whole-year growth should reach 6.10% to meet the target.
(Writing by Tammy Yang Editing by Jessie Jia)
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