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First Freight Train Sets Off on China-Laos Rail Link – Xinhua

The first train carrying just freight from China to Laos set off from Shenyang in northeastern Liaoning province on Friday for Kunming and then down to Vientiane


The China-Lao freight train leaves Shenyang on Friday April 22, 2022. Photo: Xinhua.

 

The first international freight train to use the rail link from China to Laos set off from Shenyang in northeastern Liaoning province on Friday morning, carrying 42 containers loaded with mechanical and electrical items, consumer goods and auto parts, the state media service Xinhua reported.

The freight train began its first leg of a 10-day journey, which officials said was five to 10 days less than it would take to ship the goods, it said, presumably via Thailand or Cambodia. The 1,000km line from Kunming to Vientiane, which opened in December, usually runs high-speed services for both passengers and freight.

Read the full report: Xinhua.

 

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Jim Pollard

Jim Pollard is an Australian journalist based in Thailand since 1999. He worked for News Ltd papers in Sydney, Perth, London and Melbourne before travelling through SE Asia in the late 90s. He was a senior editor at The Nation for 17+ years and has a family in Bangkok.

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