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Friday, November 26 2021 - 22:44
The Sea-Railway Intermodal Train from Shuangliu International Intermodal Port, China to Southeast Asia Starts Its Inaugural Journey
CHENGDU, China, Nov. 26, 2021 /Xinhua-AsiaNet/--

On November 23, the Sea-Railway Intermodal Train from Chengdu (Shuangliu) 
Air-rail International Intermodal Port, Sichuan Province, China to Southeast 
Asia via Qinzhou Port in Guangxi started.

A total of 1,540-foot containers were transported by the train. The customer is 
a local pharmaceutical enterprise. In the past, the enterprise had to send the 
goods to the river port, ship the goods to the Shanghai port, and then load the 
goods to the sea ships. In the case of the dry season of the river, it will 
take up to more than half a month to reach Shanghai. While by the Sea-Railway 
Intermodal Train, the economic cost is one third lower than the former route, 
taking only one-quarter of the time it used to take.

"The opening of this train indicates that the intermodal port has realized the 
organic integration of international air routes, international train networks 
and international maritime routes, and realized the improvement of the 
multimodal transport system of 'air, railway, highway and sea transportation', 
" said Zheng Shuangli, Deputy General Manager of Chengdu Airport Modern Service 
Industry Development Co., Ltd. The intermodal port will provide diversified 
logistics solutions for export-oriented enterprises.

Shuangliu is located in the hinterland of China and is the location of Chengdu 
Shuangliu International Airport, China's fourth largest aviation hub. In the 
past, high-end biomedicine, electronic information and other high-value-added 
products were sent to the world through Shuangliu aviation channels. Today, the 
sea-railway intermodal trains can transport goods with relatively low added 
value and low timeliness requirements to Qinzhou port, Guangxi, and then to the 
Philippines by sea, with a whole transport time of 5-7 days. Although it takes 
a little longer than the former road transportation mode for the whole journey, 
the cost is reduced by more than two thirds.

On the other hand, from the perspective of "carbon emission", transporting 
goods by rail rather than by existing long-distance highway through airport 
international intermodal port can effectively give full play to the significant 
advantages of railway, such as environmental protection, energy conservation 
and efficiency, and reduce greenhouse gas emissions from the source.

Air-rail intermodal transport is not a new concept. Highlighting the southbound 
channel is the reason why Shuangliu "Air-rail International Intermodal Port" is 

"We have closely linked the aviation resources with the new western land-sea 
corridor," Zheng Shuangli said, among the domestic cities participating in the 
construction of the new western land-sea corridor, Chengdu Shuangliu pioneered 
the seamless connection and intermodal transport of air and rail. In this 
field, Shuangliu has entered the top echelon of the country.

In recent years, Shuangliu has given full play to its advantages of double 
railway hubs of International Airport and Comprehensive Bonded Zone, constantly 
explored and developed an air-rail mutual aid and comprehensive 
three-dimensional opening-up system, and attracted a large number of leading 
enterprises in the international logistics supply chain such as 4PX Express, SF 
Express and so on to settle in Shuangliu.

The opening of the sea-railway intermodal train will also bring new logistics 
solutions for the transportation of raw materials and finished products between 
other enterprises in the Comprehensive Bonded Zone and Southeast Asia, and form 
a stable international channel to guarantee the supply chain between the 
processing enterprises in the Comprehensive Bonded Zone and the production and 
manufacturing factories in Southeast Asia.

On January 1 next year, RCEP will come into force. Focusing on the supply chain 
circulation between local enterprises in Chengdu and Southeast Asian 
enterprises, Chengdu (Shuangliu) Air-rail International Intermodal Port will 
deeply study the global layout of supply chains of enterprises, provide 
multimodal transport solutions for enterprises based on supply chains, and 
strive to become an important service node on the global supply chains and an 
international logistics distribution hub with regional influence.

Source: Chengdu (Shuangliu) Air-rail International Intermodal Port