On February 21st, the Xinjiang production and Construction Corps held a signing ceremony with the Xinjiang Ding Hong International Cold Chain Logistics Co. Ltd. At the ceremony, representatives of the two sides signed an agreement, whereby 280 million yuan [~US$40 million] would be invested in a new cold chain logistics project…Full Article: Fresh Plaza Mar 2017

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  • The cold storage project will entail procuring 100 low-energy vehicles, 150 trailers, 150 cold chain containers, as well as constructing a garage and two 5,000 cubic meter cold storage units.

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  • 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 Xinjiang Region.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • Established in 1954 and headquartered in Ürümqi, Xinjiang Uyghur Autonomous Region, Xinjiang Production and Construction Corps (XPCC, aka Bingtuan) is a quasi-governmental organization that accounts for approximately 30% of China’s cotton output. Initially given a mandate by Mao Zedong to develop and garrison China’s frontiers in the far west, the XPCC has emerged as the country’s leading cotton producers. The XPCC has Xinjiang cotton operations in the cities of Aral, Tiemenguan City, Tumxuk, and Shuanghe.

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