A total of 1,200 tonnes of Russian barley arrived on Monday in Chengdu, capital of southwest China’s Sichuan Province. It is the first time barley has been imported via the China-Europe train service from Russia to Sichuan.
The train departed from Novosibirsk and arrived in Chengdu in approximately 10 days. The batch of Russian barley will be used as a raw material for deep processing and will be further sold to markets in Mianyang, Nanchong and other places in Sichuan.
“Sichuan has been developing the intensive processing of grain and other agricultural products and thus has a huge demand for quality produce. This ‘barley train’ has expanded our import channels and our second train will depart by the end of the year,” said Chen Mingqian with the Jiayuantongyang Commercial and Trading Co., Ltd, the importer.
Chengdu has been promoting imports of farm products such as wheat, rice, flaxseed and sunflower seed oil from markets including Russia, Southeast Asia and Central Asia to ensure the domestic grain supply security, according to the administrative committee of the Chengdu International Railway Port.