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The Khorgos gateway is the pivot to breaking the Asian connectivity bottleneck in the global trade between East and West. This interconnection hub, located on the China-Kazakhstan border, is the world’s biggest dry port. Established by the Kazakhstan government in 2011 to boost the country's exports, it covers 600 hectares of land that houses the dry port, logistic and production zones and railway cargo operations. Freight trains in China and Europe run on a rail gauge different from Russia and Kazakhstan. At the Gateway, the cargo containers are transferred to different wagons efficiently, a laborious process that is repeated again at the Belarus border for trains entering Europe.