Freight train route launched between Suzhou, Vientiane
Photo provided by Suzhou Customs shows the freight train departing from the eastern Chinese city of Suzhou to Lao capital Vientiane, Jan 11, 2022. (Photo by Xinhua)

A freight train route has been launched between Suzhou, a major export hub in East China, and Lao capital Vientiane, according to the train operator.

A train carrying goods such as LCDs and auto parts, with a total value of about 50 million yuan ($7.85 million), departed from Suzhou on Tuesday and is expected to arrive in Vientiane in seven days, according to Suzhou International Train Freight Co Ltd.

This is the first Suzhou-Vientiane freight train after the 1,035-km China-Laos railway started operation on Dec 3, 2021.

“In the future, the China-Laos Railway freight train is expected to run weekly and become a stable international logistics channel,” said Zhang Fan, general manager of Suzhou International Train Freight Co Ltd.