March 30, 2023

Aerial view taken on July 29, 2022 shows an outgoing freight train at a freight train station in Wuzhou, South China’s Guangxi Zhuang Autonomous Region. Launched in 2017, the new land-sea international trade corridor is a trade and logistics corridor jointly built by western China provinces and ASEAN countries. (Xinhua/Zhang Ailin)

The 7,000th freight train loaded with paper pulp, quartz sand and construction ceramics on Friday left Qinzhou railway station in southwestern China’s Guangxi Zhuang Autonomous Region to travel via the New Western Land-sea Corridor to Chongqing Municipality, China News Service reported Friday. .

The freight train marked the preset annual shipment volume in 2022 completed 71 days in advance.

Launched in 2017, the new international land-sea trade corridor is a trade and logistics corridor jointly built by western China provinces and ASEAN (Association of Southeast Asian Nations) countries.

The expansion of the logistics corridor network now extends to 60 cities in 17 provinces and autonomous regions, covering all 12 provinces in the western region and part of the central region of China, the report said.

More than 640 categories of goods, including new energy vehicles produced in China, tapioca flour produced in Thailand, rice produced in Vietnam and tropical fruits produced by ASEAN, were transported more efficiently through the corridor.

Between January and August 2022, trade between China and ASEAN reached $83.9 billion, up 13.3 percent year-on-year, accounting for 16.3 percent of China’s total trade volume, data from China’s General Assembly shows. Administration of Customs.

In the first nine months of 2022, the volume of trade between China and the member countries of the Regional Comprehensive Economic Partnership through the corridor was 52,068 TEUs, accounting for 45 percent of the total foreign trade volume through the corridor, the report said.

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