First cargo from China headed for Laos

The first international cargo train, loaded with 1,000 tons of cargo, was launched from Kunming Central Station of CRIntermodal to Vientiane, Laos, via China-Laos Railway on the afternoon of January 1.

In early December 2021, the China-Laos Railway was put into operation. With a total length of more than 1,000 kilometers, the railway starts from Kunming, passes through Mohan port in China and Boten port in Laos, and finally reaches Vientiane, the capital of Laos.

“Before opening the China-Laos Railway, it took about 3 days for goods to travel from Kunming to Vientiane. Now, it only takes about 30 hours to transport goods from Kunming to Vientiane,” said He Hengjun, a station agent of China Railway Kunming Bureau Group.

As of December 31, 2021, the China-Laos railway has been in operation for less than a month, with 380 cargo trains carrying 150,000 tons of goods from Beijing, Shanghai, Guangzhou, and other places.

“In the early days, feed and fertilizer were the main goods transported from China to Laos, but now there are more electronic products, communication equipment, and vegetables, which can better meet the demand of the Lao market,” said Xu Chao, deputy general manager of CRIntermodal Kunming Branch.

(Editors: Christine, Ines)

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