Road controls hamper delivery services
include Tianjin municipality and the provinces of Shanxi, Heavy smog in many cities Shaanxi, Shandong, Henan, in China has resulted in a Liaoning, Jilin and Heilong jiang.massivedelayincourierservices from major express Most other courier services delivery companies. also posted notices on their
According to a preliminary websites announcing possiestimate of Alibaba’s logistics ble delays. affiliate, Cainiao.com, about SF Express, one of China’s 40 to 50 million items would leading delivery companies, be delayed due to traffic consaid on Tuesday that delivertrols implemented during the ies are estimated to be latest surge of smog. delayed by between half a day
The company said on and two days as highways Wednesday that traffic conwere closed and flights were trols have been imposed on canceled in many regions highways in a number of including Beijing and Tianjin provinces, especially in Hebei municipalities as well as province, and that most highHebei, Shandong, Henan, Jilways from Hebei to Beijing in, Liaoning, Shaanxi, Shanxi, were closed. Parcels delivered Hubei, Anhui and Jiangsu to or from the two regions provinces. and surrounding areas would Yunda Express also be delayed by up to one day. announced possible delays
It said the affected areas for deliveries in Beijing, Tian- jin and most cities in Hebei province.
Ma Qinghui, a courier working for STO Express, said all parcels weighing more than 3 kilograms will not be sent out immediately after they are collected from clients due to smog related traffic problems.
Any parcel under 3 kg will be sent out normally, he said.
A courier working for Best Express said he is working as usual. “My company handed out masks for everybody. We collect items for delivery as usual and send them to the destinations as usual,” he said, preferring not to be identified.
Hou Liangyi, a food courier working for Baidu’s food delivery service, Waimai, said that food delivery in the city is unaffected.
According to Global Times, five lawyers in China have filed three separate lawsuits against the governments of Beijing, Tianjin and Hebei province for allegedly failing to combat air pollution in the region.
The lawyers, Cheng Hai and Xu Wensheng from Beijing; Lu Tingge and Li Weida from Hebei; and Ma Wei from Tianjin claim the three respective local governments have not performed their duties in combating air pollution, and demanded State compensation in addition to 9,999 yuan ($1,440) for mental suffering as well as for air filter masks, the report said.
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