Guangzhou Port & Namsung launch new sea-rail freight service
SOURCE: Guangzhou Port Group |UPDATED: 2019-12-06Visit Statistics:

A freight train, carrying containers loaded with imported plastic particles from South Korea, was ready to depart the Guangzhou Container Terminal on November 30. It would take 4 days for the train to arrive the Guoyuan Port in Chongqing city in southwest China.

This cargo journey marked the official launch of the South Korea - Guangzhou Port - Chongqing sea-rail freight service which is operated by the Guangzhou Port Group in partnership with Namsung Shipping Co., Ltd.

Through the new sea-rail freight service, the shortest cargo delivery time from South Korea to Chongqing will be 8 days, down by at least 10 days compared with the previous river-sea transport via the Yangtze River. It offers to the port’s customers a more convenient intermodal solution with minimal influence by the natural environment. 

The service will have significant advantages in logistics cost and efficiency in the upcoming dry season of the Yangtze River and the maintenance period of the Three Gorges Dam’s northern ship locks, which is scheduled to begin next March.

Southwest China has been an important inland source of goods for the Port of Guangzhou. The port has opened offices in Chengdu and Chongqing cities and developed several intermodal freight routes in regular operation, such as an exclusive rail service for imported BMW vehicles from the Xinsha Port area to Chengdu, and sea-rail services from Guangzhou to Chengdu, Luzhou and Chongqing.

The Xinsha and Huangpu Port of Guangzhou also operate liner services for domestic and foreign trade and have special railway lines for cargo transport. The Huangpu New Port provides cargo delivery to South Korea three times a week and to Taiwan twice per week via direct shipping routes.

In addition, the Nansha Port of Guangzhou currently serves 136 trade routes and is expecting rail access to the country’s hinterland by the end of 2020. Once the railway lines are opened, the Nansha Port is expected to become an ideal connection point between the inland regions of China and the rest of the world.

Editor: Pauline Tai