Waterways keep food flowing to Hong Kong

A container loaded with frozen food prepares to leave Huangpu Port in Guangzhou, Guangdong Province, bound for Hong Kong on Monday. HONG XIXIONG/FOR CHINA DAILY

A batch of containers loaded with frozen food left Monday afternoon from Huangpu Port in Guangzhou, Guangdong Province, bound for Hong Kong, marking the opening of a new express waterway to the city.

The new route, operated by Chinese logistics firm Sinotrans, will deliver food from Guangzhou to Hong Kong within eight hours, and ease pressure on the city, which has been hit hard by the COVID-19 pandemic in recent days. .

The company already operated a waterway between Hong Kong and Foshan, Guangdong, which on Wednesday helped transport 24 tons of chilled chicken from the port of Jiujiang.

“The expansion of the river canal aims to help local food businesses solve transportation problems and improve delivery efficiency amid the COVID-19 pandemic in Hong Kong,” said Lin Shaohong, director Deputy General of Sinotrans Huangpu Warehouse Yard.

The company has worked closely with Guangzhou Customs to develop a special customs clearance program, which has ensured the timely delivery of food to Hong Kong, Lin said.

Following the COVID-19 outbreak in Hong Kong, Guangdong’s major production bases that supply meat, vegetables and other agricultural products to the city have been working around the clock to ensure adequate supplies.

In another development, a river canal between Guangzhou’s Lianhuashan Port and Hong Kong opened on Friday, bringing three tons of vegetables to the city.

A Hong Kong government spokesperson said on Monday that the supply of fresh produce from the Chinese mainland had remained stable in recent days.

According to government sources in the Hong Kong Special Administrative Region, the flow of vegetables from the mainland to Hong Kong through wholesale markets operated by the Department of Agriculture, Fisheries and Conservation and the Food Marketing Organization vegetables decreased slightly from Saturday to Sunday due to disinfection procedures at individual supply points. The volume of vegetables amounted to around 585 tonnes, or about 70 percent of a normal day’s volume.

On Sunday, chilled poultry and meat imports remained at around 60% of a normal day, while the supply of live pigs operated as usual.

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