Vietnam, China to launch freight railway

Created 03 April 2018
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HCMC - Vietnam and China are working on a plan to open a freight train service between Vietnam’s capital of Hanoi and China’s city of Chongqing, according to the Ministry of Transport.

 Kết quả hình ảnh cho Vietnam, China to launch freight railway

Deputy Minister of Transport Nguyen Van Cong last week met with Liu Guiping, deputy mayor of Chongqing City, to discuss traffic connectivity between the two countries.

Liu said Chongqing has expressway, railway, airway and waterway facilities and that its waterways can be connected to seaports in Haiphong City and HCMC in Vietnam.

Last year, more than 2,600 tons of cargo worth over US$52.5 million was transported from Chongqing to Vietnam by land. Cargo transport by train was even smaller as it is time-consuming.

In a recent trial run, it takes the Chongqing-Hanoi freight train 99 hours to complete its journey, including 30 hours for customs clearance.

Liu believed freight train service holds growth potential as it can carry a huge volume of cargo.

He proposed the Ministry of Transport coordinate with Chongqing government to launch the rail service connecting Chongqing and Pingxiang in China and Vietnam’s Dong Dang and Hanoi. The railway will be connected to the rail link between Chongqing and Central Europe.

Deputy Minister of Transport Cong said the ministry has plans to build a 140-kilometer expressway linking Tra Linh border gate in Cao Bang Province and Thai Nguyen Province, which will be in turn linked to Thai Nguyen-Hanoi Expressway to facilitate cargo transport between Hanoi and Chongqing.

Last year, 453,500 tons of cargo was transported from China to Vietnam, 387,600 tons in the opposite direction and 825 tons in transit in China for export to a third country. The volume remains modest, so the ministry agreed with Chongqing’s proposal for enhancement of railway connectivity.

The ministry has also mobilized resources to build logistics centers to reduce transport costs.

The two sides agreed to exchange information, promote connectivity and organize exhibitions and fairs featuring the Hanoi-Chongqing freight railway.

Cong emphasized that the ministry is ready to work with relevant ministries and agencies in Vietnam to simplify customs procedures and connect transport, logistics and trade firms from the two countries, promoting cooperation in the railway sector.

 

Source: ThesaigonTimes

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