China Cold Chain Logistics Market - Growth, Trends, COVID-19 Impact, and Forecasts (2023 - 2028)

The market is segmented by Service (Storage, Transportation, and Value-added Services), Temperature Type (Chilled and Frozen), and Application (Horticulture, Dairy Products, Meats, Fish, Poultry, Processed Food Products, Pharma, Life Sciences, and Chemicals, and Other Applications).

China Cold Chain Logistics Market Size

Study Period: 2019 - 2028
CAGR: > 9 %

Major Players


*Disclaimer: Major Players sorted in no particular order


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China Cold Chain Logistics Market Analysis

The market for cold chain logistics in China is anticipated to grow at a CAGR of more than 9% during the forecast period (2020-2025).

China has a huge consumer population for agricultural products and currently accounts for about 60% of the world’s total vegetable production, 30% of fruit and meat production, and 40% of eggs and aquatic products. With the increase in the disposable income of the middle class and upper-middle-class in the country, people are willing to spend for and pay more attention to the various diversity of fresh agricultural products, food safety and the quality of fresh agricultural products. In order to fulfil the demand, the market is actively embracing the cold chain solutions for their operational activities. 

China Cold Chain Logistics Industry Segmentation

A comprehensive background analysis of the Chinese Cold Chain Logistics Market covering the current market trends, restraints, technological updates and detailed information on various segments and competitive landscape of the industry. The impact of COVID-19 has also been incorporated and considered during the study.

By Services
Value-added Services (Blast Freezing, Labeling, Inventory Management, etc.)
By Temperature Type
By Application
Horticulture (Fresh Fruits & Vegetables)
Dairy Products (Milk, Ice-cream, Butter, etc.)
Meats, Fish, Poultry
Processed Food Products
Pharma, Life Sciences, and Chemicals
Other Applications

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China Cold Chain Logistics Market Trends

This section covers the major market trends shaping the China Cold Chain Logistics Market according to our research experts:

Changes in Consumer Habits Fueling the Demand for Cold Chain Facilities

The cold chain market of China is likely to become the most rewarding sub-industry in the logistics sector backed by the changing consumption patterns and increasing demand for commodities like fresh food and medicine. The Chinese residents see a change in food consumption backed by the increased disposable income and growing market demand for the cold chain of food alongside the accelerating urbanization in China. Cold chain logistics in China is mainly driven by meat, seafood, quick-frozen food, fruits & vegetables, and dairy products. Fruit & vegetable market holds the largest market segment in terms of cold chain circulation followed by seafood.

Chinese governments at all levels are racking up the investments in cold chain infrastructure, facilitating enlargement of cold chain logistics. In 2019, the Chinese cold chain logistics market showed an annual compound rate growth of 10.5% between 2010 and 2019.

Major e-commerce players and logistics giants like are focusing on collaborating or establishing self-operating cold chain warehouses in order to expand their cold-chain delivery services in the country.


Developments in Chinese Biotech Sector

The Chinese biotech is particularly undergoing notable developments. Many biotech firms in the market are building on recent progress in genomics, focusing on rare genetic diseases.

The development is supported by the Chinese rules and regulation acting as a layer of protection for the market. The rules of sharing of medical information are very stringent as compared to the US and other developed countries, which means Chinese companies have access to far more patient data than their western rivals.

The Chinese government is pumping billions into biotech research and development. According to official figures, scientific R&D spending topped USD 291 billion in 2018, just over 2% of gross domestic product, and the government is targeting even higher spending of 2.5% of GDP this year.

The Chinese government has introduced a centralised procurement process, known as 4+7 bulk tendering intended to bring down prices for common drugs. This regulatory change has helped the generic drugmakers focus on volume and big companies with advanced research teams chase higher margins.


China Cold Chain Logistics Industry Overview

The Chinese cold chain market is highly fragmented with Sinotrans, SF Express and Beijing Ershang Group as its leading players in the market. The demand for cold chain facilities has led to a large number of small players in the market with a low degree of specialisation, leading to problems like high operating costs and unbalanced and insufficient development.

Subsequently, the market is experiencing collaborations and new entries of companies to set up their firm foot in the market. For instance, in July 2019 Japanese trading company Marubeni announced its joint venture with Chinese logistics startup G7 to lease refrigerated trailers to Chinese customers seeking to meet fast-growing demand for fresh food. Also, the Chinese e-commerce giant teamed up with Mengniu Dairy Co Ltd, China's major dairy maker, in the cold chain logistics sector to make its nationwide network available to Mengniu for its frozen products.

China Cold Chain Logistics Market Leaders

  1. Sinotrans Limited

  2. SF Express

  3. Beijing Ershang Group

  4. Jinjiang International (Group) Co., Ltd.


*Disclaimer: Major Players sorted in no particular order

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China Cold Chain Logistics Market Report - Table of Contents


    1. 1.1 Study Deliverables

    2. 1.2 Study Assumptions

    3. 1.3 Scope of the Study


    1. 2.1 Analysis Methodology

    2. 2.2 Research Phases



    1. 4.1 Current Market Scenario

    2. 4.2 Market Dynamics

      1. 4.2.1 Drivers

      2. 4.2.2 Restraints

      3. 4.2.3 Opportunities

    3. 4.3 Technological Trends and Automation

    4. 4.4 Government Regulations and Initiatives

    5. 4.5 Industry Value Chain/Supply Chain Analysis

    6. 4.6 Spotlight on Ambient/Temperature-controlled Storage

    7. 4.7 Industry Attractiveness - Porter's Five Forces Analysis

    8. 4.8 Impact of Emission Standards and Regulations on Cold Chain Industry

    9. 4.9 Impact of Covid-19 on the Market


    1. 5.1 By Services

      1. 5.1.1 Storage

      2. 5.1.2 Transportation

      3. 5.1.3 Value-added Services (Blast Freezing, Labeling, Inventory Management, etc.)

    2. 5.2 By Temperature Type

      1. 5.2.1 Chilled

      2. 5.2.2 Frozen

    3. 5.3 By Application

      1. 5.3.1 Horticulture (Fresh Fruits & Vegetables)

      2. 5.3.2 Dairy Products (Milk, Ice-cream, Butter, etc.)

      3. 5.3.3 Meats, Fish, Poultry

      4. 5.3.4 Processed Food Products

      5. 5.3.5 Pharma, Life Sciences, and Chemicals

      6. 5.3.6 Other Applications


    1. 6.1 Market Concentration Overview

    2. 6.2 Company Profiles

      1. 6.2.1 Sinotrans Ltd.

      2. 6.2.2 SF Express

      3. 6.2.3 Beijing Er Shang Group

      4. 6.2.4 Shanghai Jin Jiang International Industrial Investment Co. Ltd.

      5. 6.2.5 Nichirei Logistics Group Inc.

      6. 6.2.6 Shandong Gaishi International Logistics Group (Gaishi Group)

      7. 6.2.7 Henan Fresh Easy Supply Chain Co., Ltd. (Xianyi Holding, China)

      8. 6.2.8 HNA Cold Chain

      9. 6.2.9 CJ Rokin Logistics and Supply Chain Co. Ltd.

      10. 6.2.10 Zhenjiang Hengwei Supply Chain Management Co. Ltd.

      11. 6.2.11 Hunan Hongxing Frozen Food

      12. 6.2.12 Shanghai Speed Fresh Logistics Co. Ltd.

      13. 6.2.13 Chengdu Silverplow Low-temperature Logistics

      14. 6.2.14 China Merchants Americold (CMAC)*

    3. *List Not Exhaustive

  8. 8. APPENDIX

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China Cold Chain Logistics Market Research FAQs

The China Cold Chain Logistics Market is studied from 2019 - 2028.

The China Cold Chain Logistics Market is growing at a CAGR of >9% over the next 5 years.

Sinotrans Limited, SF Express, Beijing Ershang Group, Jinjiang International (Group) Co., Ltd., NICHIREI CORPORATION are the major companies operating in China Cold Chain Logistics Market .

China Cold Chain Logistics Industry Report

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