The State Post Office and Guangdong Post Office will invest millions of yuan to build what will be the most advanced postal services and logistics support centre in Asia, Shenzhen Commercial Daily said.
The new centre will be situated in Shenzhen Aviation Logistics Park and will use advanced automatic mail-handling systems. Mail will no longer be classified by type but by size and will be stored in containers, rather than in bags as at present. Shenzhen is one of the 11 cities in China that have direct airmail services. A commercial logistics centre is being built in the Luohu district of Shenzhen, as part of a Yn1.2bn improvement of the area. The centre will provide services in seven sectors, including building and decorating materials, vehicles and parts, pharmaceuticals and electronic appliances. It is aiming to attract major multinational companies; last month B&Q, Europe’s largest building materials retailer, opened a store there.
Fedex plans more flights to Japan US express courier service Fedex Corp will increase its weekly number of flights between China and Japan from nine to 16, Bloomberg reported. The services, which will operate between Tokyo’s Narita airport and Beijing and Shanghai, are being provided in the expectation of rising trade after China’s admission to the World Trade Organisation, coupled with the current trend for Japanese companies to transfer manufacturing capacity to China.
Other courier services are also expanding their services in China. UPS has introduced a direct shipping distribution service for electronics and computer makers while DHL Worldwide Express is advertising a new service called China First, which it says will speed deliveries between China and other countries.
China National Postal Administration published an order in March that from May 6 will limit express delivery by private companies to articles heavier than 500 grams. Smaller packages, which include legal documents and contracts, account for about 60 per cent of the business of foreign couriers in China, according to South China Morning Post. Their costs are 10-25 per cent lower than those of Express Mail Service, the NPA’s own courier service. The international express delivery service providers have urged the government to reject the proposal.