CHINA Direct sea freight route links Kaohsiung with Pingtan

CHINA

Direct sea freight route links Kaohsiung with Pingtan

Xinhua

10:04, January 20, 2019

KAOHSIUNG — A direct sea freight route opened on Jan 19 between Taiwan’s Kaohsiung and Pingtan in Fujian province, drastically shortening the time of farm produce from the island entering the mainland market.

A freighter is loaded with goods at a port in Kaohsiung, Taiwan, Jan 19, 2019. A direct sea freight route opened on Jan 19 between Taiwan’s Kaohsiung and Pingtan in Fujian province, drastically shortening the time of farm produce from the island entering the mainland market. The 178-nautical mile journey between the two cities will be shortened from two or three days to just nine hours after the opening of the new route. (Photos: Xinhua)

A freighter, operated by Taiwan trade shipping agency Wagon, departed from a port in Kaohsiung for Pingtan on the afternoon of Jan 19.

The 178-nautical mile journey between the two cities will be shortened from two or three days to just nine hours after the opening of the new route.

The freighter was loaded with over 700 tonnes of fruit, vegetables and liquid crystal display panels, worth over 15 million yuan ($2.2 million).

All the items were purchased by trade enterprises from Pingtan.

Han Kuo-yu, mayor of Kaohsiung, said that he expected more high-quality products manufactured in Kaohsiung, including farm produce, to be shipped to the mainland market.

Photo taken on Jan 19, 2019 shows a freighter at a port in Kaohsiung, Taiwan.

A freighter departs from a port in Kaohsiung of Taiwan for Pingtan of East China’s Fujian province, Jan 19, 2019.

Photo taken on Jan 19, 2019 shows a freighter at a port in Kaohsiung, Taiwan.

A freighter is loaded with goods at a port in Kaohsiung, Taiwan, Jan 19, 2019.

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