KAOHSIUNG - A direct sea freight route opened Saturday between Taiwan's Kaohsiung and Pingtan in Fujian Province, drastically shortening the time of farm produce from the island entering the mainland market.
A freighter, operated by Taiwan trade shipping agency Wagon, departed from a port in Kaohsiung for Pingtan on Saturday afternoon.
The 178-nautical mile journey between the two cities will be shortened from two or three days to just nine hours after the opening of the new route.
T[MG_SEO]he freighter was loaded with over 700 tonnes of fruit, vegetables and liquid crystal display panels, worth over 15 million yuan ($2.2 million).
All the items were purchased by trade enterprises from Pingtan.
Han Kuo-yu, mayor of Kaohsiung, said that he expected more higregister wristbandh-quality products manufactured in Kaohsiung, including farm produce, to be shipped to the mainland market.