Around 687,100 twenty-foot equivalent units (TEUs) of goods were transported via freight train service along the New International Land-Sea Trade Corridor during January–November, 2022, which is an increase of 18.9 per cent year-on-year (YoY), as per the China Railway Nanning Group Co, Ltd. The trade corridor was built by western Chinese provinces and Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN).
The land-sea trade corridor, which was inaugurated in 2017, joins 17 Chinese provincial-level regions to train routes. Goods from over 640 categories are carried through the trade passage. South China’s Guangxi Zhuang Autonomous Region uses the Beibu Gulf Port to manage traffic flow and enable the transit of rail-sea intermodal trains, according to several Chinese media reports.
Not only is Guangxi’s Beibu Gulf a critical transit point in the New International Land-Sea Trade Corridor, but it also is the closest gateway to the sea for China’s inland provinces. About 52 shipping routes connect the Beibu Gulf Port with more than 150 ports internationally.