A special container depot near Thailand’s largest port began operation on Saturday, which is expected to facilitate the transportation of cargo through the China-Laos Railway.
After the China-Laos Railway started operation in December last year, cargo transported to Thailand via railway would be offloaded at the Vientiane Station of the Lao capital, before being further transported to the destinations in Thailand by road. However, the empty containers will have to be returned to the Vientiane Station, increasing logistics costs.
The depot near the Laem Chabang Port, set up by China Railway Container Transport Corp. (CRCT), would allow logistics companies to return the empty containers to the Thai logistic hub, hence lowering the cost by 20 percent compared to returning them to the Vientiane Station.
The depot received the first container for return on Saturday. The container left Chongqing in March and arrived at Vientiane via the China-Laos railway, before being transported to Thailand, according to the CRCT.
The CRCT Thailand Laem Chabang Depot would also allow customers to pick up empty containers to transport cargo to China through the China-Laos Railway, the company said.
In a recent interview with Xinhua, Thailand’s Deputy Prime Minister and Commerce Minister Jurin Laksanavisit said his country expected to see the transportation of more export products to China through the China-Laos Railway, with fruits, vegetables and other products being the prioritized items.
The CRCT added that similar depots would be set up in other member countries of the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) like Vietnam and Myanmar to further expand the service range of the China-Laos Railway.