Last week, a freight train loaded with auto parts and paper products left southwest China’s Chongqing Municipality, destined for a port in southern China, where the goods will be shipped across the sea to Southeast Asia.
The 356th freight train since the launch of the China-Singapore rail-sea transit route connects 116 ports in 60 countries and regions.
Agricultural products, auto and motorcycle parts and electricity generators made in China arrive at their Southeast Asian destinations about 20 days more quickly than the traditional freight route through Shanghai. Freight from Southeast Asia can move north more quickly as well.
About 2 billion yuan (292 million U.S. dollars) of cargo has been transported on this route during the past year.
The Southern Transport Corridor is an important part of the China-Singapore Initiative on Strategic Connectivity.