A chartered plane carrying US cherries arrived Monday [29 May 2017] evening in Zhengzhou, capital of the Central China’s Henan Province. It was China’s first chartered air freight delivery of imported fruit this year. It took the plane 32 hours to carry its cargo of 88 tons of cherries from California. Officials with the Henan Entry-Exit Inspection and Quarantine Bureau said that the department had provided swift customs clearance for the fruit, which will be distributed from Zhengzhou to Shanghai and Beijing…Full Article: The Global Times May 2017

Key Point

  • In 2017, it is forecasted that Zhengzhou will import (via air freight) approximately 10,000 MTs of fresh fruit, making it one of the top Chinese distribution hubs for fresh fruit.

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  • In April 2017, free trade zones (FTZ) began operating in the provinces of Liaoning, Zhejiang, Henan, Hubei, Sichuan, and Shaanxi, as well as Chongqing municipality. It was noted that Henan’s FTZ would transform the province into a national transport and logistics hub.
  • In August 2016, Henan’s Zhengzhou airport began imported Canadian blueberries for the first time. According to the Deputy General Manager of Banda Tianyuan International Logistics, Zhengzhou Airport will look to become a major fresh fruit importer and distributor.
  • In January 2016, Mexico reported difficulties in exporting agricultural goods via air freight to Henan Province.  At the time, the Mexican States of Guadalajara and Jalisco had not successfully established direct air routes with Henan Province. These two Mexican regions were instead shipping to China via Chicago, Alaska, and Hong Kong.
  • In March 2015, Mexico and Henan Province signed a Memorandum of Understanding to launch direct flights between Guadalajara, Jalisco and Henan. Mexico intended to export melons, papayas, avocados, berries, and other fresh produce to China. In August 2016, China’s Minister of Commerce announced that FTZs would be established in the provinces of Liaoning, Zhejiang, Shaanxi, and Henan. At the time of the announcement, no deadline had been set for the establishment of the new FTZs. The future FTZs in Henan and Shaanxi are expected to link up and boost China’s “One Belt, One Road” trade initiative.

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