Kazakhstan and Israel are planning to jointly enter China’s food market. At the Kazakh-Israeli business forum in Astana, the memorandum was signed on construction of a joint venture for the processing of poultry meat, products which will be exported to China. The cost of plant construction, according to the Israeli side, will total $5 million, and exports will total $10 million…Full Article: Kazakh-tv.kz Dec 2016

Key Point

  • China has reportedly pre-ordered enough poultry meat from the Kazakh-Israeli factory to cover five years’ worth of demand/factory operations.

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  • In November 2016, China’s Asia Pacific Food Capital (APOFCO) and KAZNEX INVEST signed a MoU on the establishment of a ~US$3 billion joint agricultural investment fund. During the same month, the Ürümqi-Almaty cargo route was increased to daily service.
  • In May 2016, freight train service from China’s Ürümqi to Kazakhstan’s Almaty (aka Alma-Ata) began operating once a week.
  • In December 2013, the Zeleny corridor opened in Bakhty, East Kazakhstan Province and in its cross border checkpoint in Paikitu, Xinjiang Region, China. Additionally, Kazakhstan’s Akmola region [central Kazakhstan] planned to export 10,000 MTs of wheat to China by the end of the year. Kazakhstan expected to increase its wheat exports to China in the following years.

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