China has started a new rail and road cargo service connecting Lanzhou—the capital city of Gansu province of China situated in the northwest with the federal capital in Pakistan.
As per the reports of state-managed Chinese media, the first train loaded with thirty carriages of auto parts, daily used items and mechanical equipment left the logistics centre yesterday in Lanzhou and is headed for Kashgar in Xinjiang Uygur Autonomous Region. The commodities would then be sent to Islamabad via a highway.
As per the deputy director—Luo Zhe with the management committee of the International Land Port of Gansu (Lanzhou), the four thousand five-hundred-kilometre trip would be taking thirteen days and is nearly fifteen days lesser than the conventional sea trade route.
This was the 2nd freight train service introduced by Gansu to South Asia.
Back in the year 2016, a rail and cargo service started between Lanzhou and Kathmandu—Nepal.
Luo said that he hopes the new rail and road cargo service could set a good example for cooperation between the two countries and motivate more nations and regions to come forward and join hands for the Belt and Road Initiative.
China Pakistan Economic Corridor (CPEC) is the most significant and crucial project between the two countries. It is a mega project under China’s Belt and Road Initiative. As per claims, it is anticipated that two hundred CPEC projects would reach completion by 2030.