Vancouver Airport Authority signed a formal agreement with Shanghai Pudong International Airport Cargo Terminal Co. designed to stimulate the cold supply chain helping to move more perishable goods between the two gateways.
“Our mission at YVR is to connect British Columbia proudly to the world,” said Craig Richmond, President & CEO, Vancouver Airport Authority. “We hope that this is the beginning of many agreements we will collaborate on together to share key information that helps improve travel efficiency for cargo between Vancouver and Shanghai and ultimately world markets.”
The partnership provides the opportunity to study the benefits of developing closer linkages and improved efficiencies to the cold supply chain between Vancouver and Shanghai and world supply chains. The agreement will allow for review of existing requirements as they relate to infrastructure, policies, custom procedures, goods clearance to local and world markets, trade programs, industry linkages and access to primary and secondary markets.
The four key areas of focus include determining potential for growth in market, assessing current market size for opportunities, identifying role of facility enhancements and developing a customs guide for both airports. Seafood, agricultural products, flowers, and pharmaceuticals are the main perishable goods that will be studied through the cold supply chain agreement.
In 2014, Vancouver International Airport (YVR) welcomed 19.3 million passengers and handled 256,935 tonnes of cargo, while Shanghai Pudong International Airport (PVG) welcomed 51.6 million passengers and handled 3.1 million tonnes of cargo. Both airports are key economic generators for their region and have a high number of perishable cargo products traveling through their airports.
YVR has strong linkages to China with more than 70 flights per week during the summer and 59 flights per week currently. Service is provided by Air China, China Southern, China Eastern, Sichuan Airlines and Air Canada.