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Lanzhou launches int’l cold chain freight train service

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An international cold chain freight train departed Dongchuan Rail Freight Center of (Gansu) Lanzhou International Land Port on November 20.

The trial service was launched as part of the efforts to boost development of the Southern Transport Corridor under the China-Singapore (Chongqing) Demonstration Initiative on Strategic Connectivity, which takes Chongqing Municipality in southwestern China as the operation center for a multimodal transport system combining rail, road, waterways and air to closely connect western China with Southeast Asia through Singapore. The corridor links the Silk Road Economic Belt in the north and the 21st Century Maritime Silk Road in the south. It extends north through Lanzhou-Chongqing Railway and major logistics centers in Gansu to connect Central Asia and Europe via China-Europe freight train lines.

The train is loaded with 1,100 tons of goods worth 16 million yuan, including apples, onions and nonferrous metal products for exports to countries such as Thailand, Myanmar and Vietnam with Guangxi as the gateway.

Three freight trains have been launched since the corridor was officially opened on September 29, carrying a total of 364.4 tons of goods worth 34.81 million yuan, according to statistics from the Department of Commerce of Gansu.

The four provincial regions of Chongqing, Guangxi, Guizhou and Gansu signed in late August an agreement to jointly build the corridor.

Presently, Gansu has developed functions of an international land port including railway container transportation, rail port stations, bonded system and multimodal transport.

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