A new cargo train linking central China’s Hunan Province and Belarus has started operation. The train linking China with Eastern Europe, which has 41 carriages carrying electronic products, garments, optical cables and machine parts, departed from Hunan’s capital Changsha late Wednesday [18 January 2017]…Full Article: ECNS.cn Jan 2017

Key Point

  • This is Hunan Province’s fifth international freight rail route, following Hamburg (Germany), Warsaw (Poland), Moscow (Russia), and Tashkent (Uzbekistan).

ChinaAg Comments

  • In May 2016, China and Belarus reached a trade agreement on meat during Shanghai’s SIAL 2016 international food expo. Hong Kong would reportedly import meat by-products from Belarus. Chinese imports of Belarusian beef and poultry were still under negotiation at the time.
  • In 2015, Belarus exports just under US$15 million worth of food products to China.
  • In April 2015, 12 Belarusian food companies were permitted to export dairy products to China. During the same month, China’s Hangzhou Wahaha Group (beverages and soft drinks) was exploring business/economic opportunities with Belarus. During the same month, Belarus exported 20 MTs of milk products (powder and pasteurized) to China as an initial test shipment. From 2009 to 2010, mainland China imported an average of 538 MTs of Belarusian milk powder (i.e. concentrated milk) annually. However, shipments stopped in 2011.

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