YCH Group, Asia Pacific’s leading integrated end-to-end supply chain management and logistics partner, has signed a memorandum of understanding (MOU) with Kunming Airport Cold Chain Logistics Industry Co., Ltd to establish a cold chain facility across 175mu of land to provide the Southwest China region with cold chain logistics support. The key focus of this collaboration is to create a platform for international procurement and for cold chain logistics.
The initiative is timely, as the value of social logistics goods in 2016 expanded by 6.1 per cent year on year to US$33.2tr, and the National Development and Reform Commission (NDRC) has encouraged sophisticated development of the logistics sector over the next five years to boost China’s economic growth and deepen supply-side reform.
Strategically located in close proximity to both the Kunming Airport and a multi-purpose transport hub, the facility will position Kunming as an agricultural production hub through the leveraging of cold chain technologies to reduce the loss of produce while increasing food safety and security. Featuring an ambient temperature distribution component to complement the cold-chain facility, it will handle imported chilled and frozen products from the South Pacific and ASEAN regions into Kunming for distribution via Southwest China into its South and Western regions. It can also be used as an export facility to distribute Yunnan produce such as fruits and flowers to regions such as Europe.