Regular China-South Asia freight train officially launched

Updated: 2016-11-01 14:33


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Regular China-South Asia freight train officially launched

A Lanzhou-Katmandu freight train sets out from Lanzhou International Harbor Area on Oct 31, marking the opening of its regular service. [Photo/Xinhua]

Operation of the first China-South Asia international freight route is officially underway from Sunday, linking Lanzhou, the capital of Gansu province, and Katmandu in Nepal.

Following the launch of regular service on Sunday, the Lanzhou-Katmandu freight transportation will travel once a week, and is likely to expand to twice a week by the end of the year.

On May 11, the first Lanzhou-Katmandu freight train set out from Dongchuan Railway Logistics Center in Lanzhou International Harbor Area. So far, four trains carrying more than 120 containers have been running along the freight route, creating a total export volume of 200 million yuan ($30 million).

This is intended to strengthen China-South Asia trade, which is in line with China's ongoing "Belt and Road" initiative.

The freight route is made of three parts: a 2,431 km Lanzhou-Shigatse railway section, a highway from Shigatse in Tibet to Gyirong and a second railway section of 160 km from Gyirong to Katmandu. It takes around 10 days, 35 days less than previous land and sea routes.

It is also the third international train in Gansu after the Lanzhou-Alma-Ata train and the Lanzhou-Hamburg train.

Li Xiaoxu contributed to this story