New air cargo ser­vice cen­ter launched

China Daily (Canada) - - SHANGHAI - By WANG YING in Shang­hai

wang_y­ing@chi­nadaily.com.cn

East­ern Air Lo­gis­tics Co on Sept 14 launched an air cargo ser­vice cen­ter at the Waigao­qiao bonded area of the China (Shang­hai) Pi­lot Free Trade Zone.

The cen­ter is ex­pected to ac­cel­er­ate cargo de­liv­ery ef­fi­ciency.

Jointly run by the ad­min­is­tra­tion com­mit­tee of the China (Shang­hai) Pi­lot Free Trade Zone, the Shang­hai Cus­toms and East­ern Air Lo­gis­tics, the new air cargo ser­vice cen­ter will serve as an im­por­tant chan­nel for deal­ing with prod­ucts that are slated to be ex­hib­ited at the up­com­ing China In­ter­na­tional Im­port Expo (CIIE) in Novem­ber.

The cen­ter has also al­lowed East­ern Air Lo­gis­tics (EAL), the freight unit un­der par­ent com­pany China East­ern Air Hold­ing Co, to ex­tend its ser­vice from the ex­ist­ing cargo sta­tion at the air­port to the bonded area, ac­cord­ing to Li Ji­u­peng, gen­eral man­ager of EAL.

Since the ex­ten­sion was com­pleted in July, EAL has man­aged to in­te­grate and op­ti­mize cargo de­liv­ery pro­cess­ing and lo­gis­tics op­er­a­tions, re­sult­ing in a 30 per­cent boost in ef­fi­ciency.

Presently, up to 80 per­cent of air cargo at the Waigao­qiao bonded area is pro­cessed by EAL.

“From June to Au­gust, we have seen monthly cargo vol­ume soar from 300 tons to 800 tons, which is a new record,” said Zhang Xiaoyan, a cus­toms of­fi­cial based at the Pudong In­ter­na­tional Air­port.

Ac­cord­ing to Bai Jiarong, a gen­eral man­ager from EAL’s cargo sta­tion busi­ness, cus­tomers pre­fer to trans­port high-value and tem­per­a­ture­sen­si­tive items, in­clud­ing phar­ma­ceu­ti­cal prod­ucts, bio­phar­ma­ceu­ti­cals and elec­tron­ics, by air.

“Such a de­mand pro­vides us with many busi­ness op­por­tu­ni­ties,” Bai said. “We will look to ex­pand the cargo ser­vice to ar­eas be­yond the Waigao­qiao bonded area in the fu­ture.”

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The air cargo ser­vice cen­ter will help fa­cil­i­tate trans­port of prod­ucts sched­uled to be ex­hib­ited at the CIIE.

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