With an aim to become an international logistics hub for northeast Asia, Hunchun City in China inaugurated the Hunchun international port. Hunchun is a border city in Northeast China’s Jilin Province.
The inland port is expected to boost trade due to its proximity to 10 other ports in Russia and North Korea. It will promote cross-border trade between Northeast China and countries surrounding the Sea of Japan. The port was developed by Ningbo Zhoushan Port from East China’s Zhejiang Province with the help of the local government. The cost of the project was around $141 million.
The Hunchun international port covers an area of 850,000 square meters adjacent to the Hunchun railway port. It includes a starting area, office spaces, container yards, hoisting facilities and cold-chain logistics services.
“Upon completion, the project will become a large inland port to promote joint development with Russian and North Korean ports and form a major Belt and Road passage in northeast Asia,” Zhang Jifeng, mayor of Hunchun told the media.
Experts predict the project will increase cooperation between China, Russia, and North Korea, which will help to develop the city of Hunchun.
To establish itself as a global logistics hub, the city of Hunchun has launched many other initiatives as well. Plans are also in the pipeline to connect Jilin with European countries through Hunchun railway port. Last year, the city also launched a shipping route from Russia’s Zarubino port to Ningbo in China, which shipped 200 twenty-foot equivalent units of goods in the year.