China-Nepal freight train service launched between Qinghai and Kathmandu

Aerial photo taken on Jan.28, 2021 shows a section of the Lhasa-Nagqu (R) high-grade highway and Qinghai-Tibet Railway in southwest China’s Tibet Autonomous Region. (Photo: Xinhua)

The China-Southeast Asia freight train service connecting Haidong, northwest China’s Qinghai Province, and Nepal was launched, strengthening the country’s ever-expanding rail freight network, resulting in the China-Europe freight train service a calling card of the country’s logistical prowess despite the pandemic.

The first train left a rail freight yard in Haidong on Wednesday. The 30-car train, carrying some 1,350 tons of supplies, including everyday items and agricultural by-products, left for Xigaze, southwest China’s Xizang Autonomous Region, said. Tibet Daily on Thursday in an article posted on its official WeChat account.

The goods will then be transported by road and exported in batches before finally reaching their final destination – Kathmandu, the capital of Nepal, according to the report, outlining a journey of around 2,800 kilometers that would supposedly take six days.

The first such freight service that combines rail and road transport was launched by Qinghai Province and China Railway Qinghai-Tibet Group Co, according to Thursday’s report, revealing that the Qinghai-Tibet Group has plans to strengthen the development of plateau railways, expand rail and take full advantage of rail transport, known for its high speeds, large volumes and low costs, to increase the capacity of international freight trains.

The China-Southeast Asia Freight Train Service builds the strength of the country’s international freight supply chain by revolving around robust freight train services connecting China and Europe.

Since the launch of the China-Europe freight rail service in 2011, the number of trains traveling between China and Europe topped 10,000 for the first time in 2020, compared to just 17 in the first year, the Securities Daily reported. in November.

In the first 10 months of this year, the number of China-Europe freight trains reached 12,605, an increase of 26 percent year-on-year. Freight trains carried 1.22 million unit containers equivalent to 20 feet of freight during the period, a 33% increase from the previous year, according to data in the report.

This suggests that the number of trains and the volume of their cargoes exceeded that of the whole of last year, arguably an indication of the country’s role as a ballast for international logistics supply chains.

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