China and Russia test delivery of seafood by rail
China and Russia have tested the interstate rail transportation of seafood. The first batch of frozen fish was delivered from the Russian port of Zarubino to the Chinese city of Hunchun on 2 August.
Red king crabs
The other potential type of seafood for rail transportation from Russia to China is the red king crabs also originated from the Kamchatka peninsula. Last year, China imported 10,000 tonnes of the red king crabs. Half of them were transported to the port of Zarubino by sea and then to Hunchun by trucks. This multimodal route was opened in 2016.
Hunchun is an important centre of the Chinese fishing industry. There are circa 100 companies in the city specialised in the processing of Russian seafood. The city of Hunchun is located just 71 kilometres from Zarubino. Therefore, it offers a good geographical opportunity to import seafood from Russia.