Illustrative image (Source: South China Morning Post)

Beijing (VNA) – The first fruit-carrying ship from ASEAN arrived in Fangchenggang port in China’s Guangxi Zhuang Autonomous Region on March 20, marking the official launch of a sea route for the transport of fruits between China and ASEAN.

The new route, which connects Ho Chi Minh City in southern Vietnam and Fangchenggang, is operated by China’s COSCO Holdings Company Limited, a subsidiary of China Ocean Shipping Company.

Currently, there is one trip on the route every week but it is expected to increase to two or three trips by the end of 2017.

Fangchenggang is a fruit port in southern China from which imported fruit will be transported by railway or road to wholesale markets in big cities in China like Beijing or Shanghai.

The new route is hoped to boost ASEAN’s export of fruits to China and is an effective way to bring China’s agricultural products to ASEAN market.-VNA