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China Merchants Group Opens Another logistics Channel to Aid Hong Kong

Date:2022-03-04 【Print】

At 11:08 a.m. of March 2, the first train of “Central aid to Hong Kong Against the Epidemic” loaded with epidemic prevention materials departed from Shenzhen Pinghu South National Logistics Hub to Luohu Marshalling Station of Hong Kong. This marks the official opening and departure of the railway aid to Hong Kong by Central government. Sinotrans, subordinated to China Merchants Group, took the lead in the end-to-end operation and worked with relevant parties to ensure the official opening of the train. Mrs. Carrie Lam, Chief Executive of Hong Kong Special Administrative Region, thanked China Merchants Group for its timely response and full support to Hong Kong's anti-epidemic work, and hoped that China Merchants Group would make more contributions to Hong Kong's anti epidemic work.


Hong Kong welcomes the arrival of the first Railway's aid

The first train of “Central aid to Hong Kong Against the Epidemic”

Anti-epidemic materials loaded on the first train included 1.1million COVID-19 test kits, 20 thousand protective suits and other medical supplies. These goods would be sent to the anti-epidemic front line upon the day of arrival.

The one-way travel time of the train is about 35 minutes, and major goods are epidemic prevention materials and fresh products. In the early stage, one train with 18 containers will be operated every day. Later, based on the actual demands, more trains, carrying more containers, can be operated. On the afternoon of March 1, a cross-border railway freight test train to Hong Kong successfully carried out the empty trial operation.

The official opening of the Central Railway's aid to Hong Kong also marks the formal resumption of the cross-border freight train operation for Hong Kong, which has been suspended for more than 10 years.

According to the important instructions issued by the central government on the epidemic situation in Hong Kong, in order to ensure the clear supply channels to Hong Kong and help the anti-epidemic work, all preparations for the opening and operation of the train were jointly completed within one week. Departments of Hong Kong SAR government and Shenzhen Municipal Committee of CPC and Shenzhen Municipal Government, as well as Shenzhen Customs, Shenzhen Border Inspection, Guangzhou Railway Group, Sinotrans, China Railway Container Guangzhou Branch and other organizations worked with concerted efforts during the preparation..


Qin Weizhong, Mayor of Shenzhen, announced "Train of Central Aid to Hong Kong Against the Epidemic officially launches to operation"

Qin Weizhong, Mayor of Shenzhen, Ai Xuefeng, Deputy Secretary of Shenzhen Municipal Party committee, Yu Gang, Vice Mayor, Chen Xiaoying, Shenzhen Customs Commissioner, and leaders of Luohu Station of Shenzhen Border Inspection Station and relevant departments of Shenzhen municipal government, and heads of Sinotrans South China Co., Ltd., China Railway Guangzhou Group Co., Ltd., Shenzhen International Holding Co., Ltd. attended the departure ceremony.

Chu Zongsheng, Assistant General Manager of China Merchants Group, was interviewed

Carrie Lam, Chief Executive of Hong Kong SAR, Zhang Zhihua, Director of Youth Department of Liaison Office of the Central People’s Government in the Hong Kong SAR, Chen Fan, Secretary of Hong Kong Transport and Housing Bureau, Chu Zongsheng, Assistant General Manager of China Merchants Group, Yan Gang, Managing Director of China Merchants Port Holding Company Limited, member of the Hong Kong Legislative Council and Logistics Director of Sinotrans (Hong Kong) as well as others welcomed the arrival of train of Central aid to Hong Kong at Luohu marshalling station of Hong Kong MTR.


Providing assistance in opening train of Central aid to Hong Kong is another railway transportation service Sinotrans offers for Hong Kong after the task of transporting fresh and frozen goods to Hong Kong and Macao. After receiving the task of railway operation, Sinotrans quickly set up a special working team. Under the high pressure of epidemic prevention and control, Sinotrans gave full play to the advantages of the whole network operation, quickly formulated end-to-end rail-road multimodal transport scheme, actively deployed logistics resources of Guangdong and Hong Kong, worked closely with Central aid medical material supporting working team, and cooperated with the customs, border inspection and others to achieve rapid customs clearance of epidemic prevention materials. At the same time, Sinotrans integrated the scarce transport capacity and railway operation capacity of Hong Kong, cooperated with MTR in railway loading and unloading, transshipment and other operations, actively coordinated with relevant government departments to efficiently complete the local distribution in Hong Kong, and quickly built an end-to-end public rail multimodal transport logistics channel between Shenzhen and Hong Kong.


Whenever the country needs, China Merchants will respond and Sinotrans will be there. Hong Kong will win the final victory.

Faced with the major tasks and heavy responsibilities of assisting Hong Kong, Sinotrans resolutely implements the important instructions of General Secretary Xi Jinping and CPC Central Committee as well as work deployed by China Merchants Group, and mobilize timely and comprehensively in terms of thought, organization and action. Sinotrans has successively completed a series of major anti-epidemic material transporting tasks for Hong Kong, including the operation of this train.

In 1962, Sinotrans organized and launched railway freight express supporting Hong Kong and Macao with fresh and frozen goods in response to the call of CPC Central Committee. Today, Sinotrans once again set out to help open the train of Central aid to Hong Kong Against the Epidemic in order to assist the prevention and control of epidemic in Hong Kong.

Sinotrans will always bear in mind the mission of the national logistics team, implement the central government's care and solicitude for Hong Kong compatriots, and make contribution  to safeguarding freight transporting channel and material supply to Hong Kong.



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