According to the developer of the Thanaleng Dry Port (TDP), the shipment of Thai farm products to China by rail through Laos will be faster in the near future because procedures are being streamlined. The Lao developer is cooperating with China to clear sanitary and phytosanitary certification plus the China Certification and Inspection Group (CICC) processes to speed up authorization for transport of Thai farm products.
A few weeks ago, the Lao investor signed a memorandum of understanding with China on SPS cooperation. Under the MoU, China’s SPS centre will be set up at the TDP.
Shipments of Thai durian to China by rail through Laos were slow earlier, because the fruit had to be transferred to trucks at the Chinese border crossing in Boten. The consignment then had to be inspected at the truck border crossing to obtain SPS certification before entering China by road. The process normally takes days to complete, including the time taken to comply with Covid-19 prevention procedures imposed by Beijing.