The first batch of seafood imported directly from Pakistan has arrived in Urumqi, capital of Xinjiang Uygur Autonomous Region. The seafood included 1,150 kilograms of frozen fish and shrimp, according to Jian Sen, head of Shuhai International Trade Co., Ltd.…Full Article: Xinhua Feb 2018

Key Point

  • Shuhai International Trade imported 1.15 MTs of frozen fish and shrimp from Pakistan via airfreight to Ürümqi Diwopu International Airport, Xinjiang Region. The company plans to import another ~2 MTs in the coming months.
  • In 2017, the airport received was licensed as a designated port of entry for imported fresh/chilled seafood products.

ChinaAg Comments

  • In April 2017, seafood imports via Pakistan’s Gwadar Port were slated to begin. The shipments would 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 February 2017, Xinjiang Production and Construction Corps (XPCC, aka Bingtuan) and Xinjiang Ding Hong International Cold Chain Logistics signed an agreement to invest USD 40 million in a new cold chain logistics 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.
  • 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.

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