First container train linking Russia and Vietnam
Pakistan Railways has added 118 locomotives in its current fleet to replace old and obsolete engines, aimed at enhancing cargo revenues. Around 1,405 modern wagons for coal loading and unloading (hopper wagons) have been procured for Qadirabad The train carrying cosmetic products departed from Vosrino station on the outskirts of Moscow, passing through Zabailkalsk-manzhouli border gate of the Russia-china border and Piangxiang-dong Dang border gate of the China-vietnam border. Travel time was 23 days, including time for customs procedures at border gates. The time is only equal to half of that by sea, while the cost is much cheaper than by air. Viacheslav Kharinov, Chief Representative of the Russian Trade Office in Vietnam, termed this an important milestone in the two countries’ trading as container transportation services by train will help facilitate the travel of goods, thus contributing to increasing import-export turnover.