China's largest cold chain infrastructure takes shape at Nansha port
SOURCE: Guangzhou Port Group |UPDATED: 2020-07-07Visit Statistics:

Nansha port in Guangzhou has completed the main construction of China’s largest cold storage facilities at the end of June, making it the biggest integrated logistics hub for cold and fresh produce in the country.

With a planned investment of 3.5 billion yuan, the Nansha International Cold Chain project aims to increase the port’s cold storage capacity to 460,000 tons and benefit Chinese consumers with more abundant foreign food supplies in lower prices and higher quality.

The project includes six eight-story cold storage facilities, a ground refrigerated container yard equipped with 1,880 reefer plugs, capable of holding 430 TEUs of cargo, and a building for demonstration use.

The warehouses will be outfitted with refrigerators and freezers that, respectively, can keep goods at a constant temperature of 0℃ and -23℃, as well as free-standing convertible units to offer ultimate flexibility for different storage needs.

Inspection equipment is an important part of the project, which will be set up at the warehouses to allow up to 162 reefer containers of each consignment to go through customs at the same time. This will greatly improve clearance efficiency.

Cold chain logistics requires a higher level of control of all the processes involved. The project applies advanced refrigeration technologies and intelligent systems for remote monitoring. Also, the newly built facilities will be covered by 5G network and operate by using photovoltaic power, which can reduce energy consumption and achieve sustainability.

The facilities are planned to come into service next year. The project will support Nansha to become a major port of entry for meat, seafood, fruit and vegetable from overseas.

Building on the port’s extensive multi-modal transportation network, fresh food imports can reach over 570 million consumers in the Pearl River Delta within an hour and be delivered across the country efficiently and in perfect condition.

Guangzhou has always been an important distribution and trade center of farm and aquatic products in Guangdong province, and even for the entire country. However, there has been a shortage of large-scale, dedicated and multi-functional storage facilities for these products to serve the vast consumer market. The project will help solve the problem by establishing a port-centric supply chain.

From warehousing, inspection and distribution to processing, trade and more high value-added activities, Nansha port will be able to provide a full suite of services for perishable and temperature-sensitive goods.

China’s cold chain logistics market has witnessed rapid growth in recent years, with its value reaching 339.1 billion yuan in 2019. With a rise in fresh food e-commerce during the coronavirus pandemic, effective solutions for cold food storage and transportation become even more important.

Nansha port has been expanding its foreign trade network and rolled out favorable policies to attract more cold chain logistics enterprises, continuing to drive the development of the industry. The port handled over 60,000 TEUs of refrigerated cargo in 2019, up more than 20% from the previous year. It also launched the fastest and most cost-effective cherry express service in South China and successfully handled four shiploads of Chilean cherries last year.

Editor: Pauline Tai








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