Guangxi launches sugar train between China-Kazakhstan

The New Silk Road recently acquired a new train service. The “sugar train” between Nanning International Railway Port in Guangxi, China and Almaty, Kazakhstan, is real. The first train departed on 15 May, carrying 2,600 tons of white sugar. It will transit via Alashankou and reach Almaty in 11 days. The train is the first issued by Guangxi to export whole food, marking a new category of exported goods for cross-border transportation.

The sugar industry is traditionally advantageous in Guangxi, China. The data shows that in 2021, the sugar cane planting area in Guangxi will be stable at more than733,334 hectares, and the sugar output will be stable at more than 6 million tons. The sugar cane planting area and sugar production will account for about 60 per cent of the country’s total for 17 consecutive seasons.

The opening of the Guangxi-China Railway Express has provided an efficient and convenient new way to export white sugar produced in Guangxi. Huang Youjian, deputy general manager of Guangxi COSCO Shipping Logistics Co., Ltd., said in an interview with People’s Daily Online that in the past, white sugar was transported by sea and road, and the transportation period was long. Additionally, the arrival time of the goods was relatively scattered.

According to the company’s calculations, exporting through the China-Europe train can save 8 to 10 days compared to other transportation methods, improve transit time, ensure transportation quality, and significantly improve the delivery capacity of customer products and the market competitiveness of enterprises.

The sugar train departs from Nanning International Railway Port.

Customised green channel

To serve the export transportation of white sugar, Nanning Bureau Group Company has formulated a detailed plan for the packing and loading of white sugar and the running of the trains for the customers. After completing the integrated customs declaration through the railway 95306 “Digital Port” system, the customer can realise one-stop processing and paperless customs clearance for cross-border cargo transportation.

Qin Yufang, director of Nanning South Business Office at Nanning Freight Center of China Railway Nanning Bureau Group Co., Ltd, said that the railway department has opened a “green channel” for the sugar train in terms of plan submission, vehicle matching, cargo inspection, loading and unloading operations, to ensure the safe and efficient operation of the train. According to the railway department’s estimation, the sugar train will cover 4,662 kilometres and will arrive at its destination in 11 days.

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Author: Jialu Zhang

Jialu Zhang heads the China Desk of RailFreight.com

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