Direct cargo flights from America, run by retail giant Amazon, have arrived in Zhengzhou, capital of central China’s Henan Province. The planes, which were carrying nearly 1,000 sorts of products including food, clothes and household appliances ordered from Chinese buyers, flew from New York, Chicago and Los Angels to the Chinese transportation hub…Full Article: June 2017

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  • In 2016, Zhengzhou International Airport imported 275,000 MTs of cargo (including fruit, seafood, meat, Australian live cattle, etc.), a 21% increase from 2015.

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  • In May 2017, Zhengzhou International Airport imported 88 MTs of cherries from the USA. The shipment represented the first air freight imports of fresh fruit for 2017.  At the same, it was forecasted that Zhengzhou will import (via air freight) approximately 10,000 MTs of fresh fruit in 2017, making it one of the top Chinese distribution hubs for fresh fruit.
  • 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, 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. During the same month, 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.

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