A train carrying 24 refrigerated containers bound for the Republic of Korea (ROK) and Japan arrived at the railway station in the city of Weihai in East China’s Shandong province at around 10 am Friday [1 September 2017] morning. The vegetable-filled containers will be transferred to ships to complete their journey, marking the opening of a sea-land cold chain transportation service from east China to the two countries, according to sources with Weihai Railway Station…Full Article: China Daily Sept 2017

Key Point

  • In June 2017, a weekly cold chain cargo train route was launched between Weihai (Shandong Province) and Kunming (Yunnan Province). The route crosses nine Chinese provinces and will reportedly decrease logistics costs by 30%.
  • In 2016, Weihai Port exported CNY 5.31 billion [~USD 768 million] worth of fresh agricultural products and seafood to South Korea and Japan.

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  • In February 2017, Xinjiang Production and Construction Corps (XPCC) signed an agreement with Xinjiang Ding Hong International Cold Chain Logistics to work on a cold chain development project. 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.
  • By the end of 2015, China had a total freezer capacity of approximately 93.5 million cubic meters (an increase of 12.6% from 2014). On average, the USA’s freezer capacity totaled 0.36 cubic meters per capita, while Japan’s totaled 0.33 cubic meters. Far behind was China, with an average freezer capacity of 0.07 cubic meters per capita.
  • In 2015, approximately 65% of China’s seafood passed through its cold chain network, followed by 50% of its meat, and 30% of its fruits and vegetables.
  • From 2014 to 2015, China’s top 100 cold chain logistics companies saw their revenue increase 17.3% to CNY 17.38 billion (USD 2.52 billion).
  • In August 2016, China’s first refrigerated-container train departed from Dalian, Liaoning Province, to Moscow transporting pears (origin Hebei Province), pomelos (Guangdong Province), and garlic (Shandong Province). The new refrigerated-container train route will cut shipping times by 60% versus traditional shipping routes (ship and rail). Once crossing the border into Russia, the Chinese goods will be transferred onto a Russian freight train near Lake Baikal.
  • In May 2016, JD.com and Shanghai Zheng Ming jointly opened a cold storage logistics center in Tianjin Municipality.
  • In September 2014, it was reported that the large Chinese refrigeration companies of Aucma (based in Qingdao, Shandong Province) and Wanbao (based in Guangzhou) had manufacturing facilities in the Minquan High-tech Zone. By 2015, they hoped by 2015 that the zone will have the capacity to produce 20 million refrigerators and more than 20,000 refrigerated truck units.

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