Officials at the Boten International Checkpoint in Luang Namtha Province are working hard to determine measures to facilitate the flow of traffic at the border as the construction of the Laos-China Railway has just commenced.
Around 400 cars and heavy trucks from Laos, China and other countries cross the Boten International Checkpoint on a daily basis, according to Head of the Boten International Checkpoint Management Committee, Mr Phonsay Chanthasone.
“Following the commencement of the Laos-China railway project on December 25, 2016, Chinese contractors have informed border officials that it will be necessary that between 500 and 1,000 vehicles cross the border checkpoint for construction purposes,” said Mr Phonsay.
“Presently, the Boten border checkpoint is closed at 8:00 pm. However, the closing time will be extended in order to prevent the worsening of traffic jams at the border,” Phonsay said.
Around 250,000 people, including tourists and traders, cross the border every year.
Meanwhile, the annual volume of goods imported and exported through the Boten International Border is estimated at US$1 billion.
Source: Lao News Agency