Guangzhou launched its first China-Vietnam freight train on August 9, which now links the city with Hanoi ( the capital of Vietnam). The train will travel 1,200 km over 3 days before reaching its destination.
Currently, the train operates once a week, carrying goods including electronic products, communication devices, etc.
The travel time of the train from Guangzhou to Hanoi has been shortened by 7 days when compared to seaborne shipping, and is only half the cost of highway transportation.
It is said that the launch of this new train will help products made in Guangdong to be more readily exported to ASEAN countries. It will also become an important transportation channel connecting the Guangdong-Hong Kong-Macao Greater Bay Area and those countries.
International freight trains helps Guangzhou to go global
On Aug. 28, 2016
China launched a new freight train route to boost trade along the ancient Silk Road.
The latest route links south China's Guangzhou with Vorsino, Kaluzhskaya Oblast in Russia.
The train will travel 11,500 km over 14 days before reaching its destination. The new train service saves a total of 30 days when compared to shipping services, and at only a fifth of the cost of air transportation.
On Nov. 30, 2016
The first Guangzhou-South Asia freight train pulled into Lhasa, signifying the opening of a rail-motor transport route linking Guangdong, Tibet and Nepal.
The train departed from Dalang, traveling through Sichuan province, Chongqing municipality and the Tibetan Autonomous Region before reaching Lhasa. The whole journey from Guangzhou to Kathmandu is 6,070 kilometers, which includes 5,200 kilometers of rail and 870 kilometers of highway.
The train carried eight standard containers and 14 wagons containing clothing, furniture, home appliances and electronic products worth 19 million RMB. The goods entered Nepal from Tibet’s Jilong Port and finally arrived in the Nepalese capital of Kathmandu via highway.