Guangzhou Port Opens the “Hainan Free Trade Port-Nansha Port-Southwest Region” Grain and Oil Sea-Rail Multimodal Transport Channel

Recently, the first “Hainan Free Trade Port-Nansha Port-Southwest Region” grain and oil sea-rail multimodal transport train departed from Nansha Port South Station, marking the official opening of the sea-rail multimodal transport channel. It connects the logistics supply chain between the Hainan Free Trade Port, the Guangdong-Hong Kong-Macao Greater Bay Area and the Chengdu-Chongqing Economic Circle, builds a strategic linkage fulcrum between the Guangdong-Hong Kong-Macao Greater Bay Area and the Hainan Free Trade Port, and further promotes coordinated development of South China, Southwest China and the Greater Bay Area.

It is learned that the special train is jointly launched by Guangzhou Port Group, Hainan Port and Shipping Logistics, COSCO Logistics (Guangzhou), Guangzhou Railway Group and China Railway Tielong. Twenty 20-foot tank containers containing more than 500 tons of grain and oil were transported from Hainan Yangpu International Container Terminal to Nansha Port Area by water, and then sent to Sichuan-Chongqing region by special train from Nansha Port South Station in the port area. Compared to the river-sea multimodal transport through the Yangtze River in the past, the transport time can be reduced by about 12 days.

Both the Guangdong-Hong Kong-Macao Greater Bay Area and the Hainan Free Trade Port are major national strategies deployed by the central government. They are located adjacent to each other, with similar cultures, close economic ties, and obvious complementary advantages, and there is a solid realistic foundation and full development prospects to promote the integrated development of industrial chains and supply chains.

He Haining, General Manager of Guangzhou Port Logistics Co., Ltd., said, The opening of this sea-rail multimodal train will further simplify the handling process of sea-rail and highway-rail multimodal transport, improve operational efficiency, shorten transportation time, promote the cost reduction and efficiency increase of the logistics industry, and bring real benefits to the inbound and outbound trade of enterprises. It is an important opportunity to help enterprises in the Hainan Free Trade Zone and the Guangdong-Hong Kong-Macao Greater Bay Area to keep up with the expansion of domestic demand and consumption upgrade. Corporate customers are welcome to jointly build the new green channel for sea-rail multimodal transport from Hainan Free Trade Port-Nansha Port to the southwest inland region.”

It is learned that from January to April 2022, a total of 66,700 TEUs were delivered through Guangzhou Port sea-rail multimodal transport, a year-on-year increase of 34.7%. The containers delivered through Nansha Port Railway sea-rail multimodal transport exceeded 20,000 TEUs as of May 14, and the time taken to deliver per 10,000 TEUs decreased from 70 days to 26 days. Since the opening and operation of Nansha Port South Station, the operating routes and frequency of container sea-rail multimodal transport trains in Nansha Port have achieved rapid growth. At present, the import and export train services such as Nansha Port-Ganzhou, Nansha Port-Jiangmen, Nansha Port-Chongqing and Zhuzhou-Nansha Port trains have been in operation on a regular basis. The trains in the direction of Ganzhou and Jiangmen mainly transport imported timber, and the frequency of operation has been greatly increased from the initial two trains a week to the current two trains a day, building a new channel for the transportation of imported timber in Nansha Port. (Zou Jingqi, Zhao Dezhi, and Cai Jibo)