15 Jun 2012
SA KAEO (Thailand), June 15 (Bernama) -- Thailand and neighbouring Cambodia have now launched cross-border transportation services at the Aranyaprathet-Poipet border crossing, aimed to further promote bilateral relations, Thai News Agency (TNA) reported.
Thai Transport Minister Jarupong Ruangsuwan and Cambodian Public Works and Transport Minister Tram Iv Tek jointly presided over a ceremony to launch the new Thai-Cambodian transportation services on Thursday.
Jarupong said that the cross-border services will not only bring about conveniences and cut transportation costs of people and cargoes, but also further promote trade, tourism and other bilateral relations.
The Transport Minister said that both sides have agreed to initially operate 40 vehicles each for irregular services, with Cambodia deploying 30 buses and 10 trucks, while Thailand running 10 buses and 30 trucks.
Both Thai and Cambodian ministers have also agreed to open a nearby border crossing, particularly for cargo transportation, to relieve traffic congestion.
"The other border crossing for cargo transportation will be opened about 10 kilometres away from the Khlong Luek border checkpoint this year," said Sa Kaeo Governor, Sanit Naksuksri.
The value of two-way trade through the Khlong Luek border checkpoint has nearly reached 40 billion baht (US$12.61 billion) while the total value of border trade between Thailand and Cambodia has stood at almost 80 billion baht (US$25.22 billion).