From a Vil­lage to a Global Lo­gis­tics Hub


Special Focus - - Contents - Dai Jing­song, Lei Chuang, Wu Huan­gli戴劲松雷闯吴欢莉

The peace­ful Zouma­cun Vil­lage, lo­cated in Echeng District of Ezhou, Hubei, sud­denly was abuzz with noise and ex­cite­ment, for an in­ter­na­tional lo­gis­tics hub project ( here­inafter re­ferred to as “the Hub”) was launched here, un­veil­ing China’s en­deavor to build the world’s No. 4 and Asia’s No.1 air lo­gis­tics hub.

The Hub mainly cov­ers such projects as the con­struc­tion of an air­port and its aux­il­iary in­fra­struc­ture, the SF Trans­ship­ment Cen­ter and the SF Air Base. Cur­rently, the projects un­der con­struc­tion in­clude the fol­low­ing eight items: the Place­ment Com­mu­nity in Hangkong Dushi District of Ezhou, a com­pre­hen­sive treat­ment project for the river sys­tem of the Lake of Flower, a re­con­fig­u­ra­tion project for Zouma Lake, a mu­nic­i­pal sewage project in Hangkong Dushi District, a ra­dio de­tec­tion sta­tion for free airspace, the stor­age yard for earth and stone at the con­struc­tion site, the aux­il­iary elec­tric power for the air­port, and the ex­press way to the air­port. The to­tal in­vest­ment amounts to 18 bil­lion yuan.

Freight-ori­ented, the Hub will mi­nor in pas­sen­ger trans­porta­tion and plan to at­tract more air­lines. The freight ser­vice is mainly in­tended to meet the trans­ship­ment need of the air ex­press, while in­te­grat­ing tra­di­tional air freight ser­vices. It will con­sti­tute the dual- hub of pas­sen­ger and freight trans­port to­gether with Wuhan Tianhe Air­port, ra­di­at­ing the city cir­cle of Wuhan. The pas­sen­ger ser­vice will in­clude sight­see­ing, fam­ily vis­its, of­fi­cial busi­ness and com­mer­cial ac­tiv­i­ties of Ezhou and the neigh­bor­ing ar­eas; it will also play a sub­sidiary role in re­lief work, emer­gency res­cue, and gen­eral avi­a­tion. It’s es­ti­mated that, by 2015, the to­tal cargo and pas­sen­ger through­put will reach 2.452mil­lion tons and 1mil­lion per­sons re­spec­tively.

As a state- planned project, Hubei Pro­vin­cial Gov­ern­ment has signed an agree­ment with SF Hold­ings to set up Hubei In­ter­na­tional Lo­gis­tics Air­port Co. Ltd. to co- run Ezhou Air­port, the first pro­fes­sional freight air­port in Asia. .

It rep­re­sents the real work in strength­en­ing the trans­porta­tion po­ten­tials in China, op­ti­miz­ing the im­ple­men­ta­tion of the Belt and Road Ini­tia­tive and the de­vel­op­ment of the Yangtze River Eco­nomic Zone. More­over, it is of great sig­nif­i­cance for de­vel­op­ing in­land free trade zones, ac­cel­er­at­ing the open-ori­ented eco­nomic sys­tems, per­fect­ing mod­ern in­te­grated trans­porta­tion sys­tems and pro­mot­ing the up­grad­ing of in­dus­trial struc­tures.

Asathor­ough­fare­tonine­provinces,Hubei­isen­gaged­in­fa­cil­i­tatin­ganewl­o­gis­tic­scor­ri­dor,in or­der­tomake­ful­luse­oftheop­por­tu­ni­ties­broughtabout­bytheSilka­ndBeltIni­tia­tive­andthe YangtzeRiverE­co­nomicZone.Wuhan,the­cap­i­talofHubeiProvince,is­now­bolde­noughto emergeit­selfasafreight­dis­tri­bu­tion­cen­ter­both­ath­ome­andabroad.

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