Thailand’s Laem Chabang Port and China’s Qinzhou Port have signed a sister port agreement to promote trade and maritime connectivity between Thailand and China, both of which will set up a joint working group and host a biennial meeting.
Laem Chabang Port and Qinzhou Port are currently providing three freight services with an emphasis on shipping fruit. The Chinese government previously designated ports around Beibu Gulf in the Guangxi Zhuang Autonomous Region, the country’s gateway to ASEAN, and Qinzhou Port as the logistics hub. Following the One Belt One Road concept, the Chinese government is stepping up the potential of Qinzhou Port to offer other services, including customs brokerage, agricultural commodity inspections, and vehicle imports.
Meanwhile, Thailand is expanding Laem Chabang Port to accommodate the Eastern Economic Corridor (EEC). The Thai-Chinese collaboration will promote shipments of fruit and cars in the future.