China to double its number of airports by 2035

The Civil Aviation Administration of China (CAAC) expects that by 2035, China will have 450 airports – nearly doubling its current number – according to a report released yesterday from CAAC News, its affiliated news outlet. If this forecast is true, would mean that China would overtake the United States as the world’s largest aviation […]
  • Nina Chamlou
  • December 11, 2018

Early 2018 holiday shopping breaks peak season records

Following on the heels of China’s 11.11 shopping holiday, numbers are out for Black Friday and Cyber Monday. American shoppers kicked off the start of the shopping season in the United States, spending US$24.2 billion shopping online — 23 percent more than what they spent over the same five days in 2017. American consumers spent […]
  • Chelsea Toczauer
  • November 30, 2018

CEVA Logistics sends successful ‘TIR’ truck from China to Europe

The original “Silk Road” between China and Europe is hardly a new form of overland travel, but CEVA Logistics Greater China is reconsidering the ancient trade route as an alternate mode of long-haul cargo transport that may be competitive to rail, ocean and even airfreight. On Monday, CEVA completed a trial run of its first […]
  • Chelsea Toczauer
  • November 28, 2018

Pardon the Disruption: Wan Lin — Crossing borders at Cainiao

In November, Alibaba’s logistics affiliate, Cainiao, broke its own record during the “11.11” holiday by handling more than 1 billion orders in a single day. The fact that such a feat could occur is a credit to Wan Lin, president of Cainiao Network Technology. Wan first joined the company as vice president in 2014. Under […]
  • Charles Kauffman
  • November 27, 2018

China’s Zhengzhou, Xinzheng airports earn fifth freedom rights

Following continued efforts to construct a “Chinese Memphis,” the State Council of the People’s Republic of China recently stated its approval allowing Zhengzhou Xinzheng (CGO) and Xi’an Xianyang (XIY) international airports the right to each negotiate fifth-freedom cargo services. On Nov. 23, the Chinese State Council published a “Notice on Supporting Measures for Deepening Reform […]
  • Chelsea Toczauer
  • November 26, 2018

China developing Xinjiang airport as ‘Belt and Road’ air cargo node

Today, China’s state planner approved a US$6.1-billion airport expansion project in Urumqi, capital of China’s far-western Xinjiang province, which will help develop the city into a key air cargo hub in President Xi Jinping’s sprawling “Belt and Road” initiative. Construction of the Urumqi Airport (URC) will run through 2030, when the expanded airport is expected […]
  • Chelsea Toczauer
  • November 19, 2018

China’s ‘11.11’ event called the biggest shopping day of all time

Yesterday, Alibaba’s busiest shopping event of the year, “11.11,” – formerly knowns as Singles’ Day – made history in both revenues and order volume as the biggest shopping event of all time, according to tallies by its logistics network, Cainiao. The promotion raked in US$30.8 billion in gross merchandise volume (GMV) – a 27 percent […]
  • Nina Chamlou
  • November 12, 2018

SkyLease freighter skids off runway in Halifax, injuring 4 [VIDEO]

A 747-400 freighter, operated by Miami-based SkyLease Cargo, skidded off the runway while landing at Halifax Stanfield International Airport (YHZ) in the early morning hours of Nov. 7. The four crewmembers aboard the widebody all suffered minor injuries and were taken to a local hospital and are expected to recover. The aircraft (N908AR) came to […]
  • Randy Woods
  • November 7, 2018

Turkish Cargo launches freighter service from Europe to Ho Chi Minh

Turkish Cargo announced that it is adding freighter routes from Europe to Ho Chi Minh Airport (SGN) in Vietnam to its flight network. The new routes will be flown by the airline’s 777 freighters. Turkish has acquired three of the freighters since December 2017, and has at least two more on order with Boeing. Turkish […]
  • Chelsea Toczauer
  • November 5, 2018

Cainiao prepares for global 11.11 event with charter flights, new technology

Cainiao, the logistics unit of Chinese e-commerce giant Alibaba is preparing to go global for the biggest online shopping event of the year, “11.11” which falls on Nov. 11. In preparation for an influx of orders from international customers Cainiao says it positioned 1,000 ocean containers full of goods in international markets and will charter […]
  • Nina Chamlou
  • October 30, 2018

JD.com expands reusable packaging program

E-tailers have long been criticized for using too much packaging materials in their shipments to customers. Now, at least one China-based e-commerce giant is attempting to address the issue. JD’s “green boxes,” made of recycled plastic materials, can be used about 10 times for small- and medium-sized parcel orders. The reusable box is optional for […]
  • Nina Chamlou
  • October 22, 2018

Into & Out of Africa: Links to China are rewriting the rules of African airfreight

Mere hours after being offloaded from an inbound flight originating at Guangzhou’s Baiyun International Airport (CAN), a case of cell phones has already been processed through Jomo Kenyatta International Airport’s (NBO) new express center. They now sit at the edge of an off-airport warehouse, waiting for pickup to continue their journey over land. In the […]
  • Molly Thompson
  • October 3, 2018

MallforAfrica adds Chinese vendors to e-commerce platform

African shopping platform MallforAfrica – which sources “billions of items” from United States and United Kingdom-based retailers – has opened a warehouse in China and will now make Chinese products available through its online shopping app, connecting African consumers to the Chinese e-commerce market. Once goods are purchased, customer orders are fulfilled from MallforAfrica warehouses […]
  • Nina Chamlou
  • September 18, 2018

Kerry Logistics adds subsidiary in Pakistan under Belt-Road initiative

Today, Hong Kong-based 3PL Kerry Logistics said it will expand its forwarding network to include Pakistan with a new subsidiary company, in a move that will address demand for South Asian trade stimulated by the China-Pakistan economic corridor (CPEC). Kerry will offer block train and trucking services along the route, through Lanzhou Pacific Logistics, of […]
  • Nina Chamlou
  • September 10, 2018
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