Sinuiju Railway Station. Source: Kounosu/WikimediaCommons

Rail freight service between China and North Korea to resume

Sinuiju Railway Station. Source: Kounosu/WikimediaCommons

North Korean authorities proposed the resumption of rail freight traffic with China to cope with a significant shortage of supplies. The service, which was stopped due to the pandemic, connects the Chinese city of Dandong, on the North Korean border, with Sinuiju, in North Korea.

Construction materials, iron products, and food supplies are the items most needed in North Korea. To prepare for the reopening of the service, Chinese logistics companies are organising the transportation of goods to the terminal in Dandong and the consequent loading process.

The train, which is expected to leave Dandong today or tomorrow, will operate 15 to 17 cars at a time and will be heading towards the Uiju quarantine facility, on the North Korean border with China.

The Dandong quarantine authorities will be in charge of managing the terminal and the trains returning to China. The workers involved in loading and unloading the trains are required to be vaccinated against covid 19 and will be tested daily.

Recap of China-North Korea recent trade history

In 2020, trade between the two countries was halted due to the strong restrictions against covid applied by North Korea. At the beginning of 2022, freight traffic was reinstated. However, in April the Chinese government grew concerned over the effects of the pandemic and decided to stop all traffic once again. It needs to be mentioned that maritime trade between China and North Korea was resumed last month as well.

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Author: Marco Raimondi

Marco Raimondi is an editor of RailFreight.com, the online magazine for rail freight professionals.

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