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Subway trains produced in China head to Portugal, first shipment to EU

Photo: Screenshot of the General Administration of Customs website

A set of China-produced metro trains have been shipped to Portugal via the port of Tianjin in northern China, the country’s first city trains exported to the EU, the General Administration of Customs (GAC) said on Monday. ) from China.

The 18-train project includes 72 train sections produced by CRRC Tangshan Co. Each train can hold up to 346 passengers and weighs 28.4 tons, with a maximum speed of 80 kilometers per hour. The trains are characterized by low energy cost, silent and intelligent operation.

The contract was signed in January 2020 between CRRC Tangshan Co and Portuguese state-owned companies Metro do Porto. Production began in November 2021 and work was completed in about eight months, according to Xinhua News Agency.

The overall value of the contract reached 49.57 million euros ($48.73 million) and included a provision for five years of maintenance, according to the Chinese Ministry of Commerce.

According to rail news site Railway-technology.com, Metro do Porto operates a network of six metro lines and 82 stations in Porto, Portugal’s second-largest city, serving more than 71 million commuters in 2019.

In order to meet the growing travel demands of local residents, Metro do Porto is expanding the circulation network. The overall metro expansion project will add seven stations and more than six kilometers of track to the network, according to the website, and the new metro trains will be deployed on all lines of the local rail network.

GAC data showed on Monday that trade between China and the EU reached $645.95 billion in the first three quarters of 2022. Bilateral trade between China and Portugal stood at $7 billion. dollars during the period, up 9.8% year-on-year.

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