A new land-sea freight route was launched recently,
linking Southwest China’s Chongqing Municipality and India.
A freight train carrying 25 containers departed from
Chongqing and stopped at Qinzhou Port in South China’s Guangxi Zhuang
Freight such as auto parts worth a total of over 8
million yuan (about 1.2 million U.S. dollars) were then transported by sea to
India, which will take around 20 days.
The new route is part of the New International
Land-Sea Trade Corridor, a trade and logistics passage jointly built by Western
Chinese provincial regions and ASEAN countries under the framework of the
China-Singapore (Chongqing) Demonstration Initiative on Strategic Connectivity.
With Chongqing as the transport hub, the corridor uses
ports in Guangxi’s Beibu Gulf to reach ports in ASEAN countries and links
China-Europe freight trains from many Western Chinese cities before heading for
Central Asia, South Asia and Europe.
By the end of 2018, freight trains had made 805 trips
via the corridor, which links 155 ports in 71 countries and regions worldwide.