A new rail and road cargo service began last week, linking Lanzhou, capital of northwest China’s Gansu Province, with Islamabad in Pakistan.
The first freight train, carrying 30 carriages of mechanical equipment, auto parts and daily necessities left a logistics center Tuesday morning in Lanzhou. The cargo will complete its journey to Islamabad by a highway.
According to the deputy director with the management committee of the International Land Port of Gansu, the 4,500-km trip will take 13 days, approximately 15 days less than the traditional sea freight route.
This was the second freight train service launched by Gansu to south Asia.