The first cross-border special freight train has started between Chengdu in China and Hanoi in Vietnam.

Beginning from the Air-rail International Intermodal Port in Shuangliu of Chengdu, the train will cross China border at the Pingxiang Railway Port.

It will head southwards through the China-Vietnam Railway for five to seven days before reaching Hanoi.

The 40 containers fully loaded with about $4.9m (CNY32m) worth of aluminum profiles, produced by Shuangliu’s local company, is being carried by the cross-border special freight train.

In a statement, the company’s CFO said: “We used to export goods to Vietnam by automobile transport. This is the first time we use rail transport.”

This new mode of delivering goods is anticipated to reduce 20% of freight costs as well as 30% of the time for customers in Vietnam.

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After the train travels across the border at the Pingxiang Railway Port, the goods get directly delivered to clients. These goods are then packaged at a local company.

The train helps to open a new logistics channel for economic trade between Chengdu, which is a primary gateway in southwest China, and the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN).

Last month, Shuangliu launched the first international digital trade train along the China-Laos Railway. This month, it launched a new land-sea channel train to link Chengdu (Shuangliu) Air-rail International Intermodal Port with key cities nearby.

Chengdu (Shuangliu) Air-rail International Intermodal Port, which began operations last year, helped launch new rail lines to Vientiane, Laos through Mohan Port, or Port of Manila, Philippines via Qinzhou Port.