First fruit cold chain train on China-Laos Railway departs

Updated: April 29, 2022

The first cold-chain China-Laos railway train carrying 520 tons of Thailand durians left on Thursday from Mohan port in Yunnan province to Kunming, the province’s capital.

It marks the first train to coordinate with highways in carrying cold chain transportation since the international railway came into operation in September.

Through mixed transport means, durians from Thailand can reach Kunming within seven days, greatly cutting down time consumption and cost.  After reaching Kunming, they will be further transported to markets in places such as Guangzhou, Shanghai and Chongqing.

At present, a surveillance site in Mohan port for inspecting imported grain and fruit is under accelerated construction. By the time of operation, agricultural products from countries including Laos, Cambodia and Thailand can be imported and transported via the China-Laos Railway for the whole journey.

China is a main market and consumer of Thailand’s fruit, with the mainland accounting for over 60 percent of its market.