Pak­istan to ex­port seafood to Xin­jiang via land

China Daily (Hong Kong) - - CHINA -

Khun­jerab, a sea­sonal port open eight months of the year.

“It takes about 10 days for the seafood to be trans­ported and cleared by cus­toms on the land route,” said Chen Haiou, com­pany chair­man. “Nor­mally, it takes more than 30 days to trans­port seafood by sea from Pak­istan to ports in South China’s Guang­dong prov­ince.”

Last month, the com­pany shipped 7.46 met­ric tons of seafood, in­clud­ing squid, shrimp, pom­fret and bone­fish, from Khun­jerab to be sold at mar­kets in Urumqi, cap­i­tal of Xin­jiang, as well as Bei­jing and Shang­hai.

“We will fo­cus on im­port­ing seafood that is in high­est de­mand in Xin­jiang,” Chen said. “The whole­sale price of those prod­ucts will drop by 10 to 20 per­cent af­ter the ship­ments be­come reg­u­lar.”

China is Pak­istan’s big­gest seafood im­porter, with about 75 per­cent of the coun­try’s shrimp prod­ucts sold to China, he said, adding that his com­pany is also con­sid­er­ing ship­ping live seafood.

China Over­seas Port Hold­ing Co took over man­age­ment of the deep-sea Gwadar Port from the Port of Sin­ga­pore Au­thor­ity in 2013. The takeover was viewed as a move by China to seek an alternative to the Strait of Malacca, through which more than 80 per­cent of the coun­try's im­ported oil passes.

To fur­ther en­hance the China-Pak­istan Eco­nomic Cor­ri­dor along the land route, China will pro­vide about $1 bil­lion in loans for three new road projects along the western route of the cor­ri­dor, con­nect­ing the short­est route from Gwadar to China. The two coun­tries also plan to build a rail­way con­nect­ing the port and Kash­gar.


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