(Yicai Global) March 8 -- China's eastern Yangtze River Delta, one of the most economically developed regions in the country, should upgrade cooperation between its rail and port networks, a dean of the Shanghai Academy of Science and Technology said.
The government should encourage harbor and locomotive groups to jointly invest in container yards, and set up a department to regulate these types of transport operators, Cao Aming told Yicai Global during the ongoing Two Sessions annual political meeting.
Rail cargo will reduce carbon emissions and greatly increase transport volume, Cao said. However, such routes don't exist in some northern areas of Jiangsu province, northern and southern parts of Anhui province and Zhejiang province, he said.
The handling capacity of ports in the Yangtze River Delta ranks among global top harbors, but the region depends on fuel-powered cargo trucks as rail transport makes up less than 3 percent of the total, much below the country's average.
With a better network, overseas goods can be quickly transported to the eastern provinces by rail after being unloaded at the port of Shanghai, Cao said.
Editor: Emmi Laine