Southwest China’s land-sea rail corridor receives 7,000th freight train
Aerial photo taken on July 29, 2022 shows an outbound freight train at a railway freight center in Wuzhou, south China’s Guangxi Zhuang Autonomous Region (Photo: Xinhua News)

The 7,000th freight train loaded with paper pulp, quartz sand and construction ceramic on Friday left the railway station at Qinzhou in Southwest China’s Guangxi Zhuang Autonomous Region to go to Chongqing municipality via the New Western Land-sea Corridor, China News Service reported on Friday.

The freight train marked the pre-set annual dispatch volume in 2022 that was completed 71 days in advance.

Launched in 2017, the New International Land-Sea Trade Corridor is a trade and logistics passage jointly built by western Chinese provinces and Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) countries.

The extension of the corridor logistic network now reaches to 60 cities in 17 provinces and autonomous regions, covering all 12 provinces in western region and part of central region of China, the report noted.

Over 640 categories of goods including China-produced new-energy vehicles, Thailand-produced tapioca flour, Vietnam-produced rice and ASEAN-produced tropical fruits were transported via the corridor in improved efficiency.

Between January and August 2022, China-ASEAN trade reached $83.9 billion, up 13.3 percent year-on-year, accounting for 16.3 percent of China’s overall trade volume, data from China’s General Administration of Customs showed.

In the first nine months of 2022, the trade volume between China and Regional Comprehensive Economic Partnership member countries through the corridor was 52,068 TEUs, accounting for 45 percent of the total foreign trade volume via the corridor, said the report.