By Gao Fu Mao, Contributing Editor reporting from Beijing, China
Published on Friday, March 17, 2017
One of China’s top four airlines is cashing in on the country’s hunger for fresh and live seafood by opening up a “green channel” for seafood coming in to one of the busiest airports in southern China.
China Southern Airlines is promising that seafood from Indonesia brought in on its daily Jakarta-Shenzhen service will be processed within two hours by a dedicated high-speed customs service at Shenzhen Airport. A statement from the airline said: “There has been a huge increase in demand for fresh seafood in Shenzhen and southern China and we are responding to that…we offer speed.”
Shenzhen, which borders Hong Kong, is one of China’s wealthiest cities and part of Guangdong Province, with its seafood-rich cuisine. The city, however, has also been a hub for smugglers bringing high-priced and rare species such as grouper and wrasse into China.