New high-speed railway puts Laos on track to boost regional trade

The rail network will place Laos as a land-linked hub, connecting China to more regions with viable alternatives from ocean and air options.
China-Laos railway service launch
03 December 2021 •

A viable and affordable land-linked transport system

Leveraging on the new China-Laos railway, DHL Global Forwarding is the first international forwarder to provide a two-way rail freight service between Kunming, China and Vientiane, Laos.

The two-way service combines trucking from all over China to the hub in Kunming, running through the China-Laos railroad, then onward with DHL’s established road network service  and back.

The multi-modal service brings with it significant cost savings and transit times that are on par with airfreight. For example, a road/rail service along Bangkok to Shanghai comes with the same transit time as an airfreight along the same route, and is 84 percent cheaper.

“Businesses moving goods between China and ASEAN countries now have a strong viable alternative between air and ocean freight, and can tap further into DHL’s robust road freight and multimodal network in the Southeast Asia region,” said Thomas Tieber, CEO, DHL Global Forwarding Southeast Asia.

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