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Abstract

The rapid development of cross-border e-commerce, especially since Chengdu was listed as an Integrated Pilot Zone for Cross-Border E-Commerce in 2016, has led to a rising trade value of agricultural products in the metropolis. This upward trend is also attributed to the China-Europe Railway Express and the Chengdu International Aviation Hub Integrated Functional Area, two infrastructure systems that have opened more international logistics channels for agricultural products in Sichuan province. However, the development of crossborder logistics has failed to respond to the rapid growth of cross-border e-commerce for agricultural products. This problem has given rise to longer delivery cycles, higher costs, and reduced product quality, hindering the development of cross-border e-commerce for agricultural products. Currently, most research efforts are focused on selecting a logistics mode which has created an urgency is to establish a logistics system. To that end, we must utilize the opportunities and preferential policies brought about by the Belt and Road Initiative to advance the establishment of a cross-border logistics system for agricultural products, which will create more channels for selling Sichuan’s agricultural products overseas. This article analyzes the current situation of the cross-border logistics system for agricultural products produced by the province and studies the potential relationships between a logistics system and cross-border trade of agricultural products. It seeks to build a logistics system that meets the demands of cross-border transactions using economic theories focused on cross-border e-commerce and logistics. Such a logistic system will help shorten long delivery cycles, cut delivery costs, and guarantee the quality of agricultural products. Also, it can contribute to the rapid development of cross-border e-commerce of agricultural products and solve problems in developing the agricultural products logistics system of Sichuan province.

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