The People’s Committee of Binh Duong Province in southern Vietnam and the Vietnam Railways on Wednesday debuted an international multimodal train transporting cargo from Song Than Station to China.
The train with 19 carriages carried nearly 500 metric tons of tapioca starch.
The train departed from Song Than Station the same day, and is set to arrive in Putian, Zhengzhou in China’s Henan on October 5.
Attending the inauguration ceremony, Le Manh Ha, CEO at T&T Trade and Service Company, said that the demand for freight transport to China is high.
Firms can now conduct export procedures at Song Than Station, instead of any border station.
The launch of the international multimodal transport train services has smoothed the path for local importers, exporters, and logistic service providers.
Dang Sy Manh, chairman of the Vietnam Railways, said that Song Than Station is capable of handling 1.6 million metric tons of cargo, mainly consumer goods, garments and textiles, electronics, motorcycles, and farm produce, a year.
The train runs from Song Than Station in Binh Duong Province to China, and can transit Russia, Mongolia, Central Asia, and Europe.
The transport time of goods from Vietnam to Europe by train is some one week faster than other means.
|Railway units will upgrade Song Than Station in Binh Duong Province, southern Vietnam. Photo: Duc Phu / Tuoi Tre|
The Ministry of Transport is working to upgrade Song Than Station, said Manh.
During the 2025-30 period, the upgraded railway station will reach a capacity of 3.5 million metric tons of goods a year, and become the largest freight station among Vietnam’s railway stations.
Once the investment in infrastructure for international multimodal transport train services at Song Than Station is completed, trains will operate each day to boost export-import activities in Binh Duong Province and neighboring localities.
“Annual railway-based import and export hit 1.1 million metric tons of cargo every year in Vietnam. The government already passed a plan to improve the capacity of international multimodal railway transport in late 2022,” Manh said.
As per the plan, in the coming years, the volume of cargo transported by international multimodal trains will surge three- or four-fold from the current figure, he added.