Shenzhen ports have already been a hive of activity at the start of the year. New routes were opened to facilitate sea-rail intermodal transport and cross-border e-commerce logistics, Shenzhen Special Zone Daily reported Thursday.
At 2:18 p.m. Jan. 6, a train carrying 25 containers of photovoltaic glass, electronic products, toys and furniture produced by Chenzhou enterprises in Hunan Province set off from Chenzhou International Inland Port, heading for Shenzhen’s Yantian port.
The Chenzhou inland port is the 11th inland port connecting with Yantian International Container Terminals (YICT).
At present, YICT has opened 28 railway service routes, including the ones linking the cities of Yueyang, Changsha, Zhuzhou, Liling and Hengyang in Hunan along the Beijing-Guangzhou Railway from north to south. The new route with Chenzhou marked the formation of a sea-rail intermodal transport network covering all prefecture-level cities on the Beijing-Guangzhou Railway.
The establishment of the Chenzhou inland port is expected to provide door-to-port sea-rail intermodal transportation for local importers and exporters, helping enterprises reduce logistics costs through a stable, efficient and low-carbon railway transport service.
In another development, during the early morning of Jan. 10, a B777 Qatar Airways freighter took off from Shenzhen Bao’an International Airport to Heathrow Airport in London, with a stopover in Doha, capital of Qatar. This marked the airport’s opening of its first new international cargo route this year.
The Shenzhen-Doha-London freight route operates twice a week, mainly carrying e-commerce goods, clothing and e-cigarettes.
Qatar Airways’ cargo route to Maastricht, the Netherlands, with a stopover in Doha, has also resumed operations. So far, Qatar Airways’ capacity at Shenzhen airport has increased from one to three flights a week, and its outbound capacity has increased to over 300 tons a week.
The opening of the route will further strengthen the economic and trade exchanges between Shenzhen and Europe and give full play to the leading advantages of the Guangdong-Hong Kong-Macao Greater Bay Area in the field of cross-border e-commerce.
According to partial statistics, nearly 70% of the cross-border e-commerce enterprises in China are in South China, and Shenzhen is the main product sourcing destination of cross-border e-commerce, and also one of the comprehensive pilot areas of cross-border e-commerce in China.