Pakistan is to start exporting seafood to the Xinjiang Uygur autonomous region using a land route that China will use to ship oil and natural gas from the Middle East. Frozen seafood will depart Pakistan’s Gwadar Port on the shores of the Arabian Sea in container trucks and enter China via the Khunjerab Pass, a land port in southern Xinjiang’s Kashgar prefecture, a more than 1,500-kilometer journey…Full Article: ECNS.cn Feb 2017

Key Points

  • In April 2017, seafood imports via Pakistan’s Gwadar Port will begin. The shipments will be managed by Mufeng Biological Technology and its cold storage center located near the Khunjerab Pass (closed 4 months of the year).
  • In January 2017, Mufeng Biological Technology imported (via the Khunjerab Pass) 7.46 MTs of seafood (e.g. squid, shrimp, pomfret and bonefish) as a test shipment for sale in Ürümqi, Beijing, and Shanghai.
  • China is reportedly Pakistan’s largest importer of seafood, specifically shrimp products.

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  • In February 2014, China’s Kashgar International Airport received approval from General Administration of Quality Supervision, Inspection and Quarantine (AQSIQ) to import fresh fruit from Pakistan. At the time, Pakistan was able to exports fresh fruits to Xinjiang via the Khunjerab Pass and directly to Urumqi International Airport.
  • In February 2013, the China Overseas Port Holding Company took over control of Pakistan’s Gwadar Port from Port of Singapore Authority (PSA). The port gave increased access to Middle Eastern oil and trade opportunities for China’s Xinjiang Region.

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