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Song Than station to become international intermodal rail terminal

By N. Tan

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HCMC – With Song Than railway station’s international intermodal transport services, businesses can conduct import-export procedures right at the terminal instead of transporting goods to ports in HCMC or Vung Tau for export to China and Europe.

Vietnam Railways is building two international intermodal transport routes from Song Than railway station in Binh Duong Province to China and other countries.

The first route will start at Song Than to Kep station in Bac Giang Province and Dong Dang station in Lang Son Province before arriving at Bang Tuong station in Guangxi, China. From there, the train will go further into mainland China or transit in China before reaching the Central Asia countries, Russia and Europe.

The second route begins at Song Than station to Lao Cai, then arrives at a station in Hekou in China, where cargo is shifted to another means of transport to further mainland China.

Each train will transport from 20 to 25 containers which need five days to travel from Song Than to Chongzuo Station in Guangxi and six days to a station in Yunnan.

Song Than Station, which is located on National Highway 1A, right at the center of Song Than Industrial Park in Binh Duong Province, has a good connection with the Mekong Delta provinces.

Meanwhile, Binh Duong is one of the provinces most active in the manufacturing and processing of goods for import and export. The province also has high demand for exporting leather, shoes, textile and garments and wooden interior furniture to China and Europe.

When Song Than station becomes an international intermodal rail terminal, exporting businesses will shorten the travel time to two-thirds against the traditional seaway and save costs.

Since 1996, the Vietnam railway sector has had seven international intermodal rail terminals, comprising Lao Cai, Yen Vien, Hai Phong, Dong Dang, Giap Bat, Danang and Song Than. Early this year, Kep station in Bac Giang Province was permitted to operate temporarily as an international intermodal rail terminal.

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