On October 15, 20 days before the opening of the 3rd China International Import Expo (CIIE), a China-Europe freight train from Malasević, Poland arrived in Central China’s Wuhan, Hubei province, with 50 containers loaded with 16,770 cartons of pure liquid milk and milk powder weighing more than 1,100 tons.
Andrzej Juchniewicz, chief representative of the Polish Investment and Trade Agency’s China Office, said that the freight train shipment of dairy products was not only the first of its kind from Poland, but also the first from the European Union.
The opening of the freight train service provides a brand new international logistics solution for dairy product exports to China that shortens transportation time and thus extends the product sales period.
This is undoubtedly a major benefit for dairy products with a short shelf life and contrasts with previous shipping that needed at least 70 days.
During a CIIE press conference, Magdalena Czechonska, counselor of agriculture and trade from the Polish embassy in China, said that Poland’s dairy product exports to China surged 70 percent year-on-year during the first half of this year despite the COVID-19 pandemic.
The CIIE has not only brought a wealth of living supplies to the Chinese people, but also provided business opportunities for products from developing countries involved in the Belt and Road Initiative.
Since healthy and safe diets have become particularly significant to consumers due to COVID-19, the booming sales of Polish dairy products in China have proved that their quality has won the trust of Chinese consumers.
In addition to dairy products, sale of fruits from Poland such as apples and blueberries, as well as cosmetics, in China has grown significantly this year. «We hope that our poultry meat can enter the Chinese market as soon as possible,» said Czechonska.
Unswervingly expanding opening-up in an all-round way, China is committed to offering more market and investment opportunities for global enterprises.