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China plans multimodal transportation network to ease road congestion
Time:2017-01-22 15:04:44

China plans multimodal transportation network to ease road congestion

CHINA has unveiled ambitious plans to develop a multimodal transportation system to ease road congestion and lower transportation and packaging costs, as its leading mode of truck haulage has "low added value," according to Ministry of Transport (MOT) official Wang Shuiping.

Qualified freight companies including railway, road, water and air cargo businesses can carry out multimodal transport operations connecting different ways of transport either individually or in partnership with other companies, according to a MOT circular issued to the industry, reported Xinhua.

This is a "strong reform signal" from the government to encourage development of multimodal transportation, said Wang.

No newly added administrative approval measures will be targeted at businesses carrying out such operations, said the circular, adding China aims to establish an open, unified and fair multimodal transportation market.

Conditions should be created for more medium and long-distance freight to move from road transportation to railways, cargo vessel and other transportation modes in an orderly manner, it noted.