Trade in East China's Shandong province with countries involved in the Belt and Road grew by 12 percent year-on-year in the first quarter to 145.4 billion yuan ($20.5 billion), according to Jinan Customs on Tuesday.
A container truck loaded with international parcels departed from Qingdao, Shandong province, on Wednesday, heading for Yiwu, Zhejiang province.
The launch ceremony for the first Jinan-Hamburg freight train was held in Jinan, Shandong province on April 10.
The Shandong Sub-council of the China Council for the Promotion of International Trade and the Bulgarian-Chinese Chamber of Commerce and Industry (BCCCI) held an online meeting on April 8 to discuss the trading of medical supplies and daily necessities for epidemic prevention and control efforts.
Customs authorities said the value of Shandong's foreign trade in the first two months of the year totaled 278.08 billion yuan ($39.57 billion), down 7.9 percent from the same period last year.
The Zibo Inland Port officially opened to the public on March 2, as five cargo trains carrying $11 million in goods set off for the West Coast New Area of Qingdao.
The first shipment of bauxite produced in Boffa in the northwestern corridor of Guinea, a West African nation, arrived at Rizhao Port in Shandong province on Feb 26.