More countries including Cambodia use China-Laos railway for freight transport

Commercial operators from Cambodia, Thailand, Vietnam and Myanmar are now using the China-Laos railway to import and export goods to and from China and beyond, according to a Lao official.

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The local daily Vientiane Times quoted Vice President of the National Chamber of Commerce and Industry of Laos, Daovone Phachanthavong, as saying on Tuesday that more goods are being shipped between China and member countries of ASEAN (Association of Nations Southeast Asia) by rail.

“I think the economy of Laos will improve this year now that the Laos-China railway is in operation. Companies in Laos, Vietnam, Thailand, Cambodia and Myanmar are increasingly engaged in trade with China using the railway,” he said.

“I was hired to transport goods between China and these four ASEAN countries. Also, many people in ASEAN countries, especially in Thailand, want to travel by train and visit Vang Vieng and Luang Prabang after the COVID-19 outbreak subsides.

“I am sure that when the pandemic subsides and travel restrictions are lifted, many Chinese people will also visit Laos and other ASEAN countries, and use the railway, which will directly benefit hotels. , restaurants and other hospitality businesses,” Daovone said. noted.

Commissioned in December 2021, the China-Laos Railway has opened up the possibility of expanding export routes to Central Asia, the Middle East, Russia and Europe.

“Many companies are considering investing in Laos because goods from ASEAN countries can now be sent to Europe via the Laos-China railway,” Daovone said.

“Rice and coffee from Laos were shipped to Europe by rail, which saves a lot of time compared to shipping.”

The China-Laos railway has so far transported more than 1 million passengers and 500,000 tons of freight, including 100,000 tons of cross-border goods, since it started operation in December 2021.

The China-Laos Railway is a docking project between China’s proposed Belt and Road Initiative and Laos’ strategy to convert from a landlocked country into a land hub. China Daily

  • Key words: freight transport, rail

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