Pakistan and China Strengthen Trade Ties with New Air Cargo Route

In a significant move to bolster trade relations, Pakistan and China have inaugurated a new air cargo route ahead of Prime Minister Shehbaz Sharif’s upcoming visit to Beijing. The new route, launched on May 28, connects Guizhou in China, with Karachi in Pakistan. During his visit, Sharif plans to meet top Chinese businessmen to attract more investments for the second phase of the China-Pakistan Economic Corridor (CPEC) projects.

The inaugural flight departed from Guiyang, the capital of Guizhou, carrying a total of 6 tonnes of clothing, electronics, and various other commodities. After nearly 6 hours, the plane landed in Karachi and was set to return to Guiyang with a load of blue crabs from Pakistan, as reported by Guiyang Customs.

The air route will operate thrice a week, transporting goods such as hardware accessories, clothing fabrics, and electronic accessories. This is the first direct air link between Guizhou and Pakistan and is anticipated to establish Guiyang as a key cargo distribution center in southwest China while reducing transportation time for Pakistan’s high-quality fresh products to reach Guizhou.

This development follows the launch of another air cargo route in January, connecting Ezhou Huahu Airport in central China’s Hubei province with Lahore, a city in eastern Pakistan. These strategic routes are part of ongoing efforts to enhance connectivity and trade under the CPEC framework, further solidifying the economic partnership between China and Pakistan.

The establishment of these air routes aims to position Pakistan and China as pivotal players in regional trade, leveraging their strategic locations to facilitate faster and more efficient transport of goods. This aligns with the broader objectives of the BRI to foster economic integration and development across participating countries.

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