Boost­ing China’s high-tech foot­print

Steve Huang leads freight ma­jor DHL Global For­ward­ing’s ef­forts to fuel trade through lo­gis­tics

China Daily (Latin America Weekly) - - Business - By ZHENG XIN zhengxin@chi­nadaily.com.cn

In­cheon in South Ko­rea, Wuxi in China and Frank­furt and Hahn in Ger­many. This is ex­pected to fur­ther fa­cil­i­tate the Made-in­China prod­ucts to go global.

“China is the world’s se­cond-largest econ­omy and is al­ready the largest global trad­ing part­ner for Ger­many and South Ko­rea. With China be­com­ing a strong im­port and ex­port mar­ket, cou­pled with rising do­mes­tic con­sump­tion, there are op­por­tu­ni­ties for fur­ther trade growth with its part­ners,” Huang said.

“China’s push to boost higher-qual­ity global ex­ports and do­mes­tic con­sumer spend­ing will con­tinue to fuel global trade.”

The com­pany re­cently re­leased the DHL Global Trade Barom­e­ter re­sults, which re­vealed that China’s im­ports and ex­ports of in­dus­trial raw ma­te­ri­als saw ma­jor in­creases in March, buoy­ing the coun­try’s vol­umes for the Jan­uary-March quar­ter.

China’s eco­nomic out­look re­mains pos­i­tive for the year 2018. Growth in China’s air trade re­mains par­tic­u­larly strong. Ma­chin­ery parts and con­sumer goods are im­por­tant driv­ers of Chi­nese air trade, es­pe­cially air ex­ports out of China, he said.

As China moves to­ward higher-value man­u­fac­tur­ing, trade with part­ners will con­tinue but the na­ture of the im­port and ex­port com­modi­ties will change ac­cord­ingly, he said.

China’s econ­omy is shift­ing to­ward a more con­sump­tio­nand ser­vice-driven model. The push to raise high-qual­ity global ex­ports and do­mes­tic con­sumer spend­ing are hav­ing the de­sired ef­fect on trade and fu­ture eco­nomic devel­op­ment. Key in­dus­tries like au­to­mo­tive and in­dus­trial man­u­fac­tur­ing con­tinue to hold strong, he said.

Free trade played a sig­nif­i­cant role in eco­nomic growth and con­nec­tiv­ity, Huang said. “Many coun­tries are still fo­cused on free trade and we con­tinue to see FTAs (free trade agree­ments) be­ing signed.

“As a fa­cil­i­ta­tor of global trade, DHL will con­tinue to play an ac­tive role in sup­port­ing our cus­tomers’ aspi­ra­tions to par­tic­i­pate in global trade ac­tiv­i­ties and en­able them to do busi­ness any­where in the world.”

Born in Tai­wan, Huang re­ceived a bach­e­lor’s de­gree in traf­fic and trans­port man­age­ment from Feng-Jia Univer­sity in Tai­wan prov­ince and an ex­ec­u­tive MBA from China Europe In­ter­na­tional Busi­ness School in Shang­hai.

Since his re­lo­ca­tion to Shang­hai in 1995, Huang has held a num­ber of se­nior man­age­ment po­si­tions in mar­ket­ing and sales, op­er­a­tions, ware­hous­ing and dis­tri­bu­tion, and cus­tomer ser­vice.

This rich, di­verse ex­pe­ri­ence has given him in­sight into every as­pect of the lo­gis­tics in­dus­try, em­pow­er­ing him to deal with changes as and when they emerge.

Huang is cur­rently re­spon­si­ble for DHL Global For­ward­ing’s over­all busi­ness per­for­mance and strat­egy in China. He spear­heads the growth of the com­pany’s cus­tomer base and op­er­a­tions in­clud­ing the man­age­ment of more than 3,700 em­ploy­ees in the re­gion.

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