Around 1,000 heavy trucks from China are expected to daily pass through the Boten International Crossing Border Checkpoint in Luang Namtha Province once the Lao-China Railway Construction Project begins.
“Currently, there are more than 400 trucks passing the checkpoint per day. To receive the large number of arriving trucks, the checkpoint will extend its working hours from normal to 10 pm,” said Mr Phonexay Chanthasone yesterday, the Head of the Boten Crossing Border Checkpoint.
The goods imported from China this year amounted to more than US$85 million while the export volume from Laos was US$8 million.
Most imported goods from China were heavy machines and household utensils. Laos’ main export to China was agricultural produce.
The Laos-China Railway Project is likely to bring such benefits to the Lao PDR as strong economic infrastructure, the achievement of cooperation and connectivity strategies, increased foreign investment, and reduced production costs, according to the Ministry of Public Works and Transport.
The project is expected to ensure that the Lao PDR has strong economic infrastructure that meets its vision of transforming from a landlocked to a land-linked country and help Laos achieve the external cooperation and connectivity strategies that it has envisioned with other ASEAN member countries and China.
groundbreaking ceremony of the five-year Laos-China Railway Project took place in December 2015. The railway will have a total length of 427.2 km, stretching from the Laos-China border to Vientiane. The designed speed for the passenger trains is 160 km/h, while the speed of 200 km/h will be applied in the flat terrain areas between Vang Vieng and Vientiane Capital.
Source: Lao News Agency