New land-sea freight route launched to connect China's Chongqing and Indonesia

CHONGQING (XINHUA) - A new land-sea freight route was launched last Friday (April 26), linking south-west China's Chongqing municipality and Indonesia.

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 Singapore under the framework of the China-Singapore (Chongqing) Demonstration Initiative on Strategic Connectivity.

Rail transport from Chongqing to Beibu Gulf in south China's Guangxi Zhuang Autonomous Region will take about two days, and the total shipping time to the South-east Asian country will be shortened to about 20 days, about two-thirds of the time for conventional river-sea transportation.

With Chongqing as the transport hub, the corridor uses ports in Guangxi's Beibu Gulf to reach ports around the world.

A freight train carrying 25 containers of auto parts, worth over five million yuan (S$1 million), departed from Chongqing last Friday and will eventually be transported by sea to Indonesia.

So far, freight trains have made 915 trips via the New International Land-Sea Trade Corridor, which links 173 ports in 73 countries and regions worldwide.