Shipments of Perishable Products to China May Become Faster
Russia is planning to organise shipments of perishable products to China via complete container trains, according to the press centre of the Russian Export Centre. A pilot batch of refrigerated containers with chicken meat is expected to be shipped by rail next month.
As of right now, agricultural products that Russia exports to China via railway include sugar, dairy products, confectionaries, juice and other non-alcoholic beverages. Exports of poultry meat, however, currently rely on maritime transport (access via land borders is closed for now, due to lack of required “receiving” infrastructure on the Chinese side). Now this problem has been partially solved with the help of the Russian Export Center.
Chinese customs are prepared to let Russian containers with chicken meat in through the land borders, and to conduct the necessary control procedures at destination stations, Chongqing and Chengdu. Test containers are expected to be sent from the Moscow region.
According to Alevtina Kirillova, Project Manager for Export Logistics Development of the Russian Export Center, the results of the pilot shipment will help REC understand the peculiarities of the new transportation scheme, after which preparations will start for shipments of complete container trains with perishable products. Using rail transport for export will help make product delivery faster. It has been previously announced that Russia has organised shipments of soya to China by rail.
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