The China-Europe freight train for cross-border e-commerce waits to depart from Zhengzhou, capital of Central China's Henan province, March 2, 2019. (PHOTO / XINHUA)

BEIJING – The number of China-Europe freight train service surged by 18 percent year-on-year last month, hitting a record-high 1,585 trips, according to the China State Railway Group Co, Ltd.

About 154,000 20-foot equivalent units (TEU) of goods were shipped through the freight trains in August, up 19 percent from a year ago, according to the company.

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During the first eight months, the number of China-Europe freight train trips rose 5 percent year on year to 10,575. The trains transported a total of 1.02 million TEU of goods, an increase of 6 percent from a year ago.