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Shanghai-Luzhou-Kunming intermodal service launched

13 November 2013
Forty containers from Shanghai completed a 13-day journey via the Yangtze to Luzhou and then by rail to Kunming on 8 November, marking the first Shanghai-Luzhou-Kunming intermodal container service, according to China Waterway Transport newspaper.

Luzhou port, with six 3,000 dwt dedicated container berths capable of handling 1m TEU a year, boasts a railhead that makes it convenient to open up intermodal services. The rail service coded 86868 took two days to transport the 40 containers to Kunming. The waterborne journey from Shanghai to Luzhou took 11 days, even though it was an express service. It wasn’t clear whether these containers were collected from more than one port, which would have prolonged the journey. Alternatively, delays might have been caused by bottlenecks at the Three Gorges Dam.

More than 20 scheduled container services operate out of Luzhou port, which also has an annual ro-ro capacity of 300,000 vehicles. The port operator is actively discussing plans to launch similar services to reach northern Guizhou, northern Yunnan and other parts of Sichuan such as Panxi and Liupanshui.

     
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