On May 23, the first International Freight Train on the New China-Myanmar Corridor departed from Yuzui Railway Station under the administration of China Railway Chengdu Group Co., Ltd., marking the official opening of the New China-Myanmar Corridor (Chongqing-Lincang-Myanmar).
This train carrying 60 TEUs of mechanical equipment, electronic accessories and other goods, will pass through Lincang in Yunnan province and arrive at Myanmar’s Mandalay in about 15 days. The trains run for 2,000 kilometers along route of “Chongqing - Lincang, Yunnan - Qingshuihe, Mengding - Mandalay, Myanmar”. This new freight train route can save about 20 days compared with traditional logistics routes and reduce 20 percent of logistics cost.
The New China-Myanmar Corridor has opened another logistics route of export in the road-rail intermodal transport mode, under the frame of the New Western Land-Sea Corridor. Through the New China-Myanmar Corridor, goods produced in Chongqing and surrounding areas can be transported by sea via Myanmar to Europe, Africa, the Middle East, and countries in South Asia, greatly shortening the transport distance and time.
It is reported that the New China-Myanmar Corridor connecting the Chengdu-Chongqing Economic Circle serves as the most convenient new land-sea corridor of southwest China to access the Indian Ocean so far, which could vigorously promote the connectivity among the China-Myanmar corridor, the CHINA RAILWAY Express international trade corridor and the golden waterway of the Yangtze River, and further enhance the role of Chongqing as a junction point between the Belt and Road Initiative and the Yangtze River Economic Belt.
The normalized operation of the round-trip trains through the route of “Chongqing - Lincang - Mandalay, Myanmar” in the near future will stimulate the potential of this corridor with gradually improved efficiency, steadily and contribute to the cooperation in the joint construction of the Belt and Road Initiative and the China-Myanmar Economic Corridor, by improving the connectivity among different corridors, further promoting the economic and trade exchanges between China and Myanmar, and deepening the bilateral relations.