The cold chain service for importing meat products by China-Europe rail freight restarted
Chengdu International Railway Port (Photo @Guibin BAI)

Chengdu International Railway Port restarted the cold chain service for imported meat products, becoming the first railway port in China to resume importing meat since the outbreak of Covid-19.

On May 7, a freight train from Moscow to Chengdu entered from Port of Alashankou, Xinjiang, and is expected to arrive at Chengdu International Railway Port within this week.

The freight train has carried 3 containers loaded with chicken and other meat by-products in a value of about 2 million RMB. After the outbreak of the Covid-19 epidemic, the cold chain import via railway transportation was suspended. This is the first batch of imported meat to enter the country through the China-Europe freight train, as a measure for China to further restore the supply chain after the Covid-19 control restrictions are lifted in January 2023.

According to calculations, importing European meat products through the China-Europe freight train, compared to sea transportation, can save about 45 days of transportation time and reduce about 10,000 RMB/ton of transportation costs compared to air transportation.

Before the epidemic, Chengdu International Railway Port had imported meat mainly from Russia, Belarus, Uruguay, Germany.