China starts rail imports of European pork

15.12.2016

A shipment of 21.9 tonnes of pork from Germany arrived in Chengdu, southwest China after a 13-day route by train, indicating the establishment of a new transportation corridor for frozen food between China and Europe, said the Sichuan Entry-Exit Inspection and Quarantine Bureau.

Rail transportation saves more than 40 days compared to ocean shipping, and is about USD 1450/tonne cheaper than air freight, according to the bureau. China has also designated Zhengzhou in central Henan province and Yiwu in eastern Zhejiang as meat ports for the China-Europe Express Rails, which began operations in 2011.

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