China Begins to Import Russian Wheat by Train
China has started to import wheat from Russia by rail, with the first load reaching the country during the weekend, official Xinhua news agency reported.
China’s state-owned company COFCO – responsible for the import and distribution of cereal – expects to import between one and two million tons of Russian wheat every year, COFCO president Yu Xubo said.
The train carrying the first cargo of wheat arrived on Saturday in the city of Manzhouli in northern China’s Inner Mongolia Autonomous Region.
Transporting cereal by rail is faster and cheaper than doing so by a maritime route.
In December 2015, the two countries reached an agreement on food safety standards for exporting wheat, maize, rice, soybean and rapeseed from Russia to China.
Over the last few years, China has developed several rail connections with Europe and Asia – with most going through Russia – to promote trade links.