China and South Korea have launched joint land and sea transport services in a bid to cut logistics costs and boost trade.
Semi-trailers loaded with cargo can now be shipped between Qingdao, Rizhao, Yantai, Weihai, Longyan and Shidao in the eastern Chinese province of Shandong and Incheon, Pyungtack and Kunsan in South Korea.
The service can cut transport time by 3.5 hours and reduce costs by US$50 per container.
Gao Hongtao, deputy director of the Shandong Provincial Transportation Bureau, said that with continuous oxygen charging and temperature control, the service can increase by 10% the survival rate of live fish exported from Weihai to South Korea.
English.News.cn reported that the two countries would later allow trucks to be shipped, according to an agreement they signed in September.
The ports might also later include locations such as northeast China’s Liaoning province, according to Ju Chengzhi, director of the international cooperation department of China’s Ministry of Transport.