RCEP-Guangxi Beibu Gulf Port-Hebei sea-rail train opens
On July 6, the opening ceremony of the RCEP—Guangxi Beibu Gulf Port—Hebei sea-rail intermodal train was held in the Qinzhou Port area of the China (Guangxi) Pilot Free Trade Zone (FTZ).
A train carrying 60 twenty-foot equivalent units (TEU) of RCEP national paper products and other products departed from Qinzhou Station that day. It will arrive in Shijiazhuang, Hebei province in five days. The opening of this train marks the first time that the operation scope of the sea-rail intermodal trains in the New International Land-Sea Trade Corridor has been extended to North China.
In the first half of 2022, there were 4,132 sea-rail intermodal trains in the New International Land-Sea Trade Corridor, equivalent to 207,000 TEUs, an increase of 42 percent. Relying on the construction of the New International Land-Sea Trade Corridor and the Guangxi FTZ, Qinzhou promotes multi-regional cooperation.
Six months after Regional Comprehensive Economic Partnership (RCEP) came into effect, Hebei province participated in the construction of the new western land-sea corridor. The sea-rail intermodal train jointly opened with Guangxi is the first attempt in North China to reach ASEAN with the help of the New International Land-Sea Trade Corridor.
After the operation of the sea-rail intermodal train, it is expected that the number of foreign trade containers sent from North China to ASEAN through the sea-rail intermodal train will increase significantly each year, which will drive the deepening of cooperation between Guangxi Zhuang autonomous region and Hebei province, as well as promote cross-regional logistics, trade integration, and industrial integration.
In the future, Hebei and Guangxi will carry out wider and deeper cooperation, as well as strengthen the joint development of each other's FTZs.
The RCEP-Guangxi Beibu Gulf Port-Hebei sea-rail intermodal train. [Photo/WeChat account: gh_df8bc987e060]