A container train, which left western China at the end of September, arrived in the Latvian capital city Riga on Monday [16 October 2017], local media reported. The train delivering 41 containers with food supplements from China to Western Europe left the Chinese city of Urumqi, the capital city of Xinjiang Uygur Autonomous Region on Sept. 29…Full Article: ECNS.cn Oct 2017

Key Point

  • The freight train service from Ürümqi, Xinjiang Region, to Riga, Latvia, was managed by Kazakhstan’s Temir Zholy (KTZ) railway on the Urumqi-Altynkol-Riga-Rotterdam route. The cargo is transported from Riga to Rotterdam via sea freight.

ChinaAg Comments

  • In November 2016, freight train service from Yiwu, Zhejiang Province, to Riga, Latvia (via Russia) began operation.
  • In September 2016, Latvia’s Food Union (dairy producer) announced its expected construction of its yogurt factory in China to be completed by June 2017. In 2015, Food Union began exporting ice cream to China. During the same month, a cargo train route from Yiwu, Zhejiang Province, to Mazar-i-Sharif, Afghanistan, began operating.
  • In June 2015, China’s Certification and Accreditation Administration (CNCA) granted export permission to 11 Latvian canned fish producers.
  • In late May 2015, Russia banned imports of canned fish (e.g. canned sprats) from Estonia and Latvia over alleged food safety concerns.
  • In August 2014, Russian banned agricultural imports, including fresh produce, from various Western countries over sanctions relating to the Ukraine crisis.
  • In June 2014, officials from Latvia and China signed an agreement on quarantine and veterinary requirements regarding Latvian beef and mutton exports to China.

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