While seemingly mundane to those unaware of the logistics involved, the first direct shipment of seafood from Pakistan’s Gwadar Port to Urumqi in Northwest China’s Xinjiang Uyghur Autonomous Region, is a history making endeavour for both sides. Previously, the only way to realistically ship seafood products to north west China was by freighting the goods from China’s coasts. A typical delivery ETA was between seven and ten days. The journey from Gwadar to Xinjiang is far shorter, thus allowing a more cost effective supply of seafood to China’s landlocked north west provinces.
But beyond the clear benefits to Chinese consumers in Xinjiang and nearby regions, the move clearly demonstrates one of the often hidden benefits of the China-Pakistan Economic Corridor (CPEC). While the focus of CPEC typically revolves around the transport of large scale industrial products, raw materials and security equipment, the comparatively low cost, smooth delivery of everyday foodstuffs and retail items is a further added benefit of CPEC.
Those living in small countries tend to take for granted the monumental logistical task of shipping goods within large countries or in the case with China and Paksitan, two large countries. CPEC will help to elevate the living standards and quality of life throughout previously remote regions of both countries, by allow everyday items to flow seamlessly across international borders and consequently within the inland regions of China and Pakistan.