New seafood route to China via Kazakhstan takes off

Editorial Staff

210 tonnes of fresh fish will be flown directly to the Chinese market from Oslo Airport every week. 

Last week, the first cargo plane from the freight solutions supplier Hongyuan Group landed at Oslo Airport.

The new route includes a stopover in Astana, Kazakhstan, and is operated by Beijing Capital Airlines using Airbus A330-300 aircraft. It is scheduled to operate three times a week – Tuesdays, Thursdays, and Saturdays.

This service responds to the growing demand for seafood transportation between Norway and China, focusing mainly on Norwegian seafood exports, particularly salmon.

“This marks an important milestone, and represents a significant opportunity for the seafood industry in Norway,” said shipping manager at Avinor Eva Beate Lande.

“With a capacity to send 210 tonnes of fresh fish directly to the Chinese market every week, we shorten the transport time significantly. We have seen a sharp increase in seafood exports to China since 2019, and now that the market is opening up after the pandemic’s restrictions, it is crucial to have direct routes like this to support further growth.”

The route also aims to optimize the directional balance by carrying imported goods into Norway. This initiative is part of a broader effort to enhance trade efficiency between Norway and China, especially in the seafood sector.


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