Asean Express freight train service

by | Jul 1, 2024 | NATIONAL, NEWS | 0 comments

In order to improve trade connectivity within neighbouring nations, Keretapi Tanah Melayu Bhd or KTMB has launched a new international freight train service connecting Malaysia, Thailand, Laos and China called the Asean Express.

Pivotal trade hubs will be connected by the service including the Kontena Nasional Inland Clearance Depot (KNICD) in Selangor, Perlis Inland Port, Thailand’s Latkrabang Inland Port and the Thanaleng Dry Port in Laos.

Asean Express took great pride in announcing at the launching ceremony that transit time of goods from KNICD to Chongqing, China is expected to take only about nine days compared with two to three weeks previously.

Other than improving regional logistics and rail connectivity, the Asean Express service will provide a smoother and more efficient flow of goods throughout the region while enhancing rail cargo transport capacity.

Asean Express is set to open up new regional markets and reduce costs for local businesses and the quicker transport time is expected to boost the agricultural sector as previously perishable items can be transported quicker.

Rail transport also lowers carbon footprint compared to road haulage which promotes a more sustainable future and this is why regional countries need to work together to foster innovation and improve trade relations.