7 EXPRESS COMPANY PROFILES ............................................................................................. 53
7.1 FEDEX ................................................................................................................................. 53
7.2 TNT EXPRESS ........................................................................................................................ 56
7.3 UPS ................................................................................................................................... 59
7.4 DHL-SINOTRANS ................................................................................................................... 62
7.5 CHINA POST EXPRESS MAIL SERVICE (EMS) ................................................................................. 67
7.6 CHINA AIR EXPRESS ................................................................................................................ 68
7.7 CHINA RAIL EXPRESS ............................................................................................................... 68
7.8 KEAS INTERNATIONAL ............................................................................................................. 71
7.9 BEIJING ZJS EXPRESS .............................................................................................................. 71
7.10 JIAIJI (CNEX EXPRESS) ............................................................................................................ 72
7.11 S.F. EXPRESS ......................................................................................................................... 73
8 DISCLAIMER ....................................................................................................................... 75
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4 Air cargo carrier profiles
4.1 Air China
Air China Ltd. is a provider of air passenger, air cargo and airline related services in China.
The Company has a network of domestic and international routes serving approximately 70
domestic and 36 international destinations. The Company operates in four segments: the
airline operations segment, which comprises the provision of air passenger and air cargo
services; the engineering services segment; the airport terminal services segment and the
others segment, which comprises the provision of air catering services and other airline-
Formerly the Beijing-based international carrier division of the CAAC (Civil Aviation
Administration of China), it was re-named in 1988, when the Government decided to form
the operating divisions of CAAC into separate airlines, each with its own name.
In October 2002, Air China consolidated with China National Aviation Company and China
Southwest Airlines. Based on the combined air transport resources of the three companies,
the new Air China Company was founded. In December 2004, Air China was listed on
the Hong Kong and London stock exchanges.
Air China and Air China Cargo operate a fleet of 212 aircraft in total with an average age of
7.9 years. Of these it owns 107 and leases 105. It has a total of nine freighter aircraft, six
owned and three leased. Agreements have been signed with Airbus and Boeing for the
purchase of further aircraft between 2007 and 2010. In 2006 Air China signed an agreement
with Boeing for the purchase of 15 B737-800 aircraft and with Airbus for the purchase of 24
In 2007 Air China had revenues of CNY 51.3bn, with cargo revenues of CNY 4.1bn
Air China: Financial Overview year 2007 (CNY)
Financial Highlights 2007
Operating Revenue CNY 51,330m
Operating Profit CNY 3.834m
Cargo 1,104m tonnes
Source: Air China
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4.2 Air China Cargo
Air China Cargo is a joint venture between Air China, CITIC Pacific and China Airport Holding
founded in 2003. The joint venture is controlled by Air China with a 51% equity stake, the
other two companies having 25% and 24% respectively.
The company is both an operator of air freighters and a marketing organisation for Air
China’s belly freight capacity. The company is predominantly a domestic carrier but has a
developing international route structure to Europe and North America.
With 1,818 employees, Air Cargo China operates dedicated cargo flights on routes from
Shanghai and Beijing to five major US cities, as well as Frankfurt, London, and Paris. The
airline also manages cargo services flown over a comprehensive route network in the cargo
holds of around 60 Air China passenger aircraft.
The dedicated cargo fleet consists of 3 Boeing 747-200F, 5 Boeing 747-400F, and 5 Tupolev
In 2007, Air China Cargo capacity and the belly-hold space in its parent company’s passenger
aircraft increased by 12.30% the previous year to 3,690m RFTKs. Cargo and mail carried
increased by 10.60% to 934,000 tonnes while cargo and mail load factor increased by 2.1% to
reach 55.80%. Available freight tonne-km increased by 8.20% to 6,620m and cargo yield per
tonne-km decreased by 7.20% to CNY 1.80.
4.3 China Eastern
China Eastern Airlines was incorporated on the 14th April 1995 when it was split off from
CAAC. The company and its subsidiaries are engaged in aviation operations for passenger
services, cargo, and mail delivery, and other extended transport services. China Eastern
currently serves 138 domestic and foreign cities with 467 routes, of which 351 were
domestic routes, 18 were Hong Kong routes (including one cargo route) and 98 were
international routes (including 14 international cargo routes)
China Cargo Airlines (CCA) was jointly founded by China Eastern Airlines and COSCO Group
on July 30th 1998, and became the first specialized air cargo company in China. China
Eastern owns a 70% share of CCA and COSCO holds 30%. With its operating bases located in
Shanghai Hongqiao Airport and Shanghai Pudong International Airport, China Cargo Airlines
provides cargo air services to major cities in China including Beijing, Qingdao, Xiamen . and
over 10 international destinations including London, New York,
Financial Overview 2007 (CNY)
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2005 2006 2007
Revenue passenger-km (ms) 36,380.6 50,271.9 57,182.6
Revenue tonne-km (ms) 5,395.2 6,931.0 7,713.9
Revenue passenger tonne-
3,243.7 4,487.0 5,099.8
Revenue freight tonne-km
2,151.5 2,444.0 2,614.1
Cargo yield (cargo
2.31 2.3 2.1
Cargo and Mail Traffic 3,114
Revenues (CNY m)
Cargo and Mail Total 3,552
Source: China Eastern
Source: China Eastern Airlines
At the end of 2007, China Eastern operated 197 passenger planes and 11 jet freighters. In the
same year, the Company added a total of 20 aircraft to its fleet, including the purchase of
three EMB145 aircraft and the finance lease of two A319 aircraft, two A320 aircraft, four
A321 aircraft, one A330-200 aircraft, five A330-300 aircraft, two B737-700 aircraft and one
B747F freighter. The company took delivery of the third of three A300-600 converted
Freighters from EADS. It currently operates 220 planes and plans to expand the fleet to 322
In terms of its passenger network, the company introduced a number of new routes in 2007
including Shanghai-Maldives-Johannesburg, Hongqiao-Haneda, Beijing-Dalian-Okayama,
Shanghai-Seoul-Bangkok, and Hongqiao-Gimpo. Also, China Eastern has been assigned by the
Shanghai 2010 World Expo as the only designated air carrier.
4.4 China Cargo
In July 1998, China Eastern and China Ocean Shipping (Group) Company jointly established
China Cargo Airlines to specialise in the air freight business. The total investment in the joint
venture was approximately CNY 350m, representing 70% of the equity interest of China
In 2005, it established sales centres for cargo services in northern China, southern China,
south-eastern China, and overseas. The company has domestic cargo sales offices in Beijing,
Shanghai, Xiamen and other major transport hubs in China, and international cargo sales
offices in Hong Kong, London, Tokyo, Osaka, Nagoya, Seoul, Los Angeles, Dallas, Seattle,
Chicago, San Francisco, New York, Anchorage, Paris, Luxembourg and other overseas flight
destinations. China Cargo Airlines maintains 27 cargo routes with dedicated freight aircraft as
well as cargo space on China Eastern's passenger aircraft. Their most significant cargo and
mail routes are international.
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4.5 China Southern Airlines
China Southern Airlines is China's largest airline company in terms of its owned fleet, route
network, and annual passenger transport volume. It provides passenger transport, and cargo
and postal services in Mainland China, Hong Kong, Macao, and international destinations.
From its hubs in Guangzhou and Beijing, the company's network includes: 841 destinations in
162 countries in Asia, Europe, America, Australia, and Africa.
The cargo division was established on November 20th 2001. Unlike its two big competitors
Air China and China Eastern, China Southern does not have a separated cargo subsidiary.
In 2005, the company was the first to land a mainland plane in Taiwan in 56 years.
2005 2006 2007
Revenues(m Yuan) 38293 46219 54502
Profits (m Yuan) - 1, 305 645 1619
Cargo and Mail CNY (m) 3,538 3,697
Source: China Southern Airlines
In 2007, the company's operating revenue increased by CNY 8,283m to reach CNY 54,502m, a
year-on-year increase of 17.9%. For the same period, operating expenses increased from CNY
45,907m in 2006 to CNY 53,013m in 2007. As a result of improved passenger load factor and
average yield, operating profit was increased from CNY 645m in 2006 to CNY 1,619m in 2007.
The Group’s net non-operating income was CNY 1,304m as compared to net non-operating
expenses of CNY 288m in 2006.
In 2007, cargo and mail revenue accounted for 6.9% of the companies total traffic revenue. It
reached an increase of 4.5% over the previous year to reach CNY 3,697m. In the first half of
2008, cargo and mail revenue was CNY 1,851m, an increase of 9.3% from the same period
last year. Cargo and mail revenue accounted for 7.1% of total traffic revenue.
On 14 August 2007, the company acquired a 51% equity interest in Nan Lung International
Freight from its parent company CSAHC for CNY 58m.
In 2007, China Southern opened 10 international routes originating in Guangzhou and 8
domestic routes originating in Beijing. These 10 international routes serve neighbouring
countries in Southeast Asia including Sendai, Rangoon, Angkor Wat, and others. In
September 2008, according to CAAC's 2008-2009 Long-distance International Routes
Preliminary Distribution Plan, China Southern gained the approval to open Beijing-London,
Beijing-New York and Beijing-Detroit routes.
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The Company now has 45,474 employees and a fleet of 332 aircraft, including Boeing 737,
747, 757, 777 series, Airbus 320, 300,330 series, MD 82 and 90 series. At present, China
Southern Airlines has two B747-400 active-duty full-cargo aircraft, six A300 aircraft are under
cargo aircraft conversion. The company also booked 6 B777 full-cargo aircraft from Boeing,
which will be delivered sometime between November 2008 and July 2010.
4.6 Cathay Pacific (Hong Kong)
Cathay Pacific Airways is an international airline based in Hong Kong. So far it is not been
classed by the Beijing authorities as ‘Chinese’, therefore having only limited access to
international routes into China and no domestic routes around China or from Hong Kong into
Cathay Pacific although based in Hong Kong, is in large part owned by UK investors (Swire
Group) and this counted against it in terms of access. This has changed dramatically as
Cathay Pacific has been permitted to purchase Dragonair by the Beijing authorities in
exchange for a 37.5% holding in Cathay by Chinese government investors in the form of Air
China and CITIC. Cathay Pacific will also become a shareholder in Air China.
Through Dragonair, Cathay now has a first class airfreight network throughout China linked
into Cathay’s powerful global network of airfreight services. This has made Cathay the
leading airline in the region, with a position in cargo which could be approaching dominance.
Cathay bases itself around Hong Kong International Airport and owns a share of Hong Kong
International Air Cargo Terminal (HACTL). Dragonair is also based at Hong Kong and
therefore the two airlines will use the airport as a hub for both passenger and freight. It is
unclear what impact this will have on Hong Kong as a cargo airport. On the one hand it is
likely to improve volumes as Cathay/Dragonair becomes dominant in such a fast growing
market. This will be useful in fighting competition from airports such as Shenzhen in
mainland China. However the management of HACTL has criticised what appears to be a
monopoly position for Cathay in Hong Kong and suggests that this could have deleterious
effects on the development of the airport.
Cathay Pacific is also a major shareholder in AHK Air Hong Kong Limited, an all cargo carrier
that offers scheduled services in the Asia region. DHL is also a shareholder, holding 40%.
Cathay Pacific is the founding member of the Oneworld global alliance, whose combined
network serves over 570 destinations worldwide.
Cathay Pacific Airways has added the cities of Hanoi in Vietnam and Dhaka in Bangladesh to
its freighter network. The new flights are operated by a B747-200F flying on a Hong Kong -
Hanoi – Dhaka – Hong Kong routing every Tuesday and Thursday.
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2005 2006 2007
Revenue (CNY m) 50909.00 60783.00 75358.00
Operating Profit (CNY m) 4143.00 5218.00
Margin 8.14% 8.58%
Source: Cathay Pacific
Cathay Pacific plans to continue to build its freighter network and strengthen existing
services in 2008. The airline has increased its freighter services to Dallas and Atlanta in the
United States and Mumbai and Delhi in India. More new destinations are in the pipeline for
later in the year.
With the addition of Hanoi and Dhaka, Cathay Pacific and its sister carrier Dragonair together
carry cargo to a total of 80 destinations in Asia, the Middle East, Australasia, Europe and
North America. The airlines' freighters serve 34 destinations.
Cathay Pacific also continues to grow its wide-body freighter fleet and from May took
delivery of the first of six new Boeing 747-400ERF “Extended Range Freighters”. It also has 10
of the advanced, fuel-efficient Boeing 747-8F freighters on firm order with delivery
commencing in 2009. At the same time Cathay Pacific and Dragonair began a phased
withdrawal of their older Boeing 747-200F/300F “Classic” freighters starting from the end of
Cathay Pacific also plans to design, construct and operate a new cargo terminal at Hong Kong
International Airport. Work on the project, to be operated under a 20 year franchise, has
already began with a scheduled opening date of 2011. It would have an annual throughput
capacity of 2.6 m tonnes
4.7 Dragonair (Hong Kong)
Dragonair was founded in Hong Kong 1985 and serves 30 destinations across Asia. The
cargo service extends to cities in Europe, the Middle East, Japan, Southeast Asia and China
Dragonair Cargo was first owned by Cathay Pacific, Swire Group, CITIC and the Chao Family
in 1990 and then became a wholly-owned subsidiary of Cathay Pacific in September 2006.
Dragonair Cargo now has grown into a large air cargo transportation provider with three
Boeing 747-300 freighters, one Boeing 747-200 freighter and two 747-400 Boeing
Converted Freighters, carrying a total of 395,384 tonnes of cargo in 2006, a 2.6% increase
Dragonair code shares with Air China on flights between Hong Kong and mainland China
(particularly Beijing), Royal Brunei on flights between Hong Kong and Bandar Seri Begawan
and China Southern Airlines between Hong Kong and Guangzhou. Malaysian Airlines is
another partner code sharing with Dragonair, on routes to Kota Kinabalu. The current sole
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shareholder of Dragonair, Cathay Pacific, has recently put on its 'CX 68--' code on Dragonair
flights to Xiamen, Shanghai, Beijing, Tokyo, Phuket, Fukuoka, Sendai and Busan.
Since its inception in 2000, Dragonair Cargo rapidly grown its operations by offering
scheduled freighter services between Japan, Mainland China and Taiwan from Hong Kong;
and regular flights to destinations such as Osaka (six flights/week), Taipei (five
flights/week), Shanghai (seven flights/week, including three co-terminal services to
Xiaman). Dragonair Cargo also operates wet-lease service for partnering airline—Cathay
By the end of 2008, four more 747-400 Boeing Converted Freighters will be delivered to
4.8 Jade Cargo
Jade Cargo International Company Ltd. was founded in October 2004 as a joint venture
between Shenzhen Airlines (51%), as the majority partner, and Lufthansa Cargo AG (25%)
and the German development finance institute DEG (24%). Their headquarters is located in
Pearl River Delta City of Shenzhen on the other side of the Chinese border from Hong Kong.
The company has rapidly expanded its operations since its founding. It began flights after
Chinese New Year 2005 with two Airbus A300-600 freighters that initially served intra-Asian
routes to countries such as India, Malaysia, Singapore and Thailand.
With the delivery of its final plane on order from Boeing in 2008, the company now operates
a fleet of six Boeing 747-400ERFs, which offer services to destinations throughout Europe
At the end of 2007, it offered services to Amsterdam, Barcelona, Brescia, Frankfurt,
Luxembourg and Stockholm from Shenzhen and Shanghai's Pudong airport; and from
Shenzhen to Osaka and Seoul. In 2008, it began offering services to Frankfurt, bi-weekly
flights from Shenzhen to Budapest and Manchester, and tri-weekly Shanghai-Brescia-
The company recently launched a route to Vietnam on a charter basis with plans for regularly
scheduled service. The service leaves from Tianjin then flies to Ho Chi Minh City and on to
Shenzhen. It also has plans for an India route, which will make a circuit from Shenzhen to
Shanghai to Chennai, then return to Shenzhen.
The company plans to keep its hub in Shenzhen with an eye on improving connections with
Europe rather than focusing on North America or the domestic market. It had planned to
launch services to Houston via Vancouver, but turned its focus to Europe after the economic
downturn in the US.
As of January 2007, the company had completed 148m tonne-km of air cargo turnover. Half
way through the year it had already seen 67% growth in its air freight business and by the
end of the year it had a turnover of upwards 50,000 tonnes in international air cargo at
Shenzhen Airport, nearly half of the airports total volume for the year.
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The airline currently has roughly 393 employees and operates a fleet of six Boeing 747-
400ERF (Extended Range Freighter) to locations in Asia and Europe.
4.9 Yangtze River Express
In 2004, Yangtze River Express launched international routes to Asian, European and
American cities. The company currently operates 70 domestic and international routes with
over 120 flights per week, to numerous domestic and international destinations such as
Singapore, Seoul, Philippines, Dhaka, Bangkok, US, Frankfurt, and Luxemburg.
The company also offers freight forwarding, customs clearance, express delivery, and
logistics consultancy services. It has also developed in-house supply chain modelling for its
logistic centres and warehouses in Beijing, Tianjin, Shanghai, Xi’an, and Shenzhen.
From its base in Shanghai, the company currently operates six Boeing 737-300 and one
Boeing 747-400F and utilizes cargo compartments of 100 aircraft from six other airlines
linked with Hainan Air. According the company, its combined cargo capacity reached 700
tonnes. Its fleet is equipped to carry electronic, express delivery items, large equipment, live
animals, and dangerous goods including flammables, explosives, toxic substances, infectious
items, corrosives and radioactive materials.
Its network has grown to include routes to 70 domestic and 10 international routes, offering
120 flights per week, covering 20 major Chinese cities and international destinations such as
Singapore, Seoul, Manila, Dhaka, Bangkok, Boston, New York, Los Angeles, Moscow,
Frankfurt, and Luxemburg. In June 2008, Yangtze River Express applied to CAAC for the
opening of a cargo route from Shanghai Pudong-Seoul-Tianjin-Seoul-Nanjing-Shanghai
Pudong with B737-300 and six flights a week.
In Europe, the company offers connecting truck services from Luxemburg to: Brussels,
Antwerp, Cologne, Dusseldorf, Frankfurt, Lille, Maastricht, Stuttgart, Munster, Hanover,
Bremen, Hamburg, Munich, Nuremberg, Basel, Amsterdam, Zurich, Lyon, London, Milan,
Copenhagen, Barcelona, Madrid, Magdeburg, Malmo, Oslo, Stockholm, and Helsinki.
In America it offers trucking services on the west coast from LAX to: Phoenix, San Diego, San
Francisco, Denver, El Paso, Las Vegas, Portland, Reno, Seattle, Salt Lake City, Houston, Austin,
Laredo, Chicago, San Antonio, Vancouver, Edmonton, Calgary.
On the west coast of the US it offers services from JFK to: Baltimore, Boston, Harrisburg,
Newark Airport, Philadelphia, Providence, Norfolk Airport, Richmond, Washington, DC,
Hartford, Camden, Montreal, Toronto, Cincinnati, Columbus, Pittsburgh, list, Miami,
Charlotte, Cleveland, and Atlanta.
4.10 Shanghai Airlines Cargo
The general business scope of Shanghai Airlines Cargo includes: scheduled and chartered air
freight, post, parcels, and express delivery for both international and domestic markets. It is
a joint-venture between Shanghai Airlines (55%), Concord Pacific Limited (25%), and Juniper
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Estate B.V.(20%). It has registered capital of CNY 206m and is approved by the CAAC for
international and domestic cargo.
To meet increasing demand, in 2005, the company established a second cargo station beside
Runway 2 of Pudong Airport. This station covers an area of 32,200 sq metres, with an annual
capacity of 150,000 tonnes, and is equipped with X-ray machines, a refrigerated storage
centre and parking lot for trucks. Additionally, the company plans to acquire around 200,000
sq metres near runway 3 for a cargo transport centre. According to the airport
administration, cargo runway 3 will be operable in 2008 providing adjacent logistics centres.
As of May 2008, it owned a fleet of four MD11F, two B757-200SF, and one B747-200F
(leased). By the year 2010, it has plans to expand its fleet to ten freighters.
By the year 2010, the fleet is expected to be expanded to ten large freighters. The company
now operates cargo routes from Shanghai to international destinations such as America,
Germany, Thailand, Japan, India, Vietnam, Hong Kong, Los Angeles, Chicago, Frankfurt,
Singapore, Ho Chi Minh, Bombay, Anchorage, and Osaka.
4.11 Great Wall Cargo
Great Wall Airlines began operation on June 22nd 2006. Yet, less than a month later, the
airline ceased operations after the US imposed sanctions on China Great Wall Industry
Corporation (GWIC), the parent company, for supplying missile related components to the
Iranian military. Early the following year, the airline began service again and now flies to two
domestic and seven international locations.
Great Wall Airlines is currently a joint venture between Beijing Aerospace Satellite
Application Corporation (BASA) (51%), a fully-owned subsidiary of China Aerospace Science &
Technology Corporation (CASC), Singapore Airlines Cargo (25%), and Dahlia Investments
(24%), a wholly-owned subsidiary of Temasek Holdings.
Although headquartered in Beijing, the company operates its fleet of three B747-400
freighters from Shanghai Pudong. The fleet of planes is roughly 11 years old and the
company has a seven-year fleet management program agreement with Pratt & Whitney
Global Service Partners to service the planes.
From its hub at Shanghai's Pudong International Airport, they offer dedicated freighter
services, connecting China to Europe and Asia. It currently offers weekly flight services to
Tianjin, Beijing, Amsterdam, Incheon, Mumbai, Chennai, Manchester, Seattle and Chicago.
In 2007, after the US State Department lifted its sanctions, the company offered services to
Amsterdam, Incheon, and Mumbai/Chennai. In March of this year, it began providing
services from Shanghai to Amsterdam via Tianjin five times per week and to Manchester via
Tianjin and Amsterdam twice per week. In June, it began operating a Shanghai-Incheon-
Seattle-Chicago route and plans to increase the frequency to six times a week beginning
September 4th of this year.
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5 Shipping Companies
International or inter-continental ship movements are fundamental to China’s economy.
Short sea is also important as the growth of ports has preceded that of road transport. The
location of so much of China’s economy on coastal and river locations strengthens the
competitiveness of short sea freight.
Whereas short sea traffic is much more fragmented, deep sea is largely in the hands of the
big global container shipping companies, a fact strengthened by the size of the Asia Pacific
shipping fleets. Companies that are essentially state-owned and/or run are:
COSCO (China Ocean Shipping Company)
China Shipping (Group) Company
Of the private companies these are:
Evergreen based in Taiwan
Neptune Orient Lines/American President Lines which is based in Singapore
Oriental Ocean Container Lines which is based in Hong Kong
Of course all of the other major container lines and other trade lines have a strong presence
in China. However the importance of shipping to China’s economy ensures substantial
competition in the sector.
COSCO (China Ocean Shipping Company) is the largest of China’s state-owned shipping
interests. As a company it has evolved out of the Chinese state-run shipping line into an
organisation with many commercial characteristics. Indeed it is probably more accurate to
describe it as a commercial shipping company with state organisations as the sole
shareholders. In keeping with the regional nature of the Chinese economy these appear to
be heavily orientated towards southern China and Guangzhou, than the central government
COSCO has a number of subsidiaries around the world, some of which are quoted
companies, for example in Singapore and Hong Kong. COSCO also owns a number of
subsidiaries quoted on the Shanghai stock exchange. These include COSCO Pacific. China
Ocean Shipping Company (COSCO) specialises in shipping and logistics as well as serving as a
shipping agency and providing services in freight forwarding, shipbuilding, ship-repairing,
terminal operation, trade, financing, real estate and the IT industry.
It has shipping route network covering North America, Europe, Japan, South Korea,
Singapore, Australia, South Africa and West Asia.
The group operates in four main segments;
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Shipping & Logistics
Of these, the shipping and logistics business segment is the largest; consisting of liner, bulk,
tanker and specialised shipping operations, as well as a logistics business, shipping agency,
passenger shipping operations and terminal management.
Revenue for 2007 was CNY107,998m. COSCO aims to develop emerging markets as its new
growth focus. It plans to use its position in the domestic market to increase the utilisation of
shipping capacity for domestic trade and expand the profit contribution from such
operations. To improve the unbalanced cargo flow situation COSCO aims to make use of
the increase in European and US imports and strives to achieve increases in freight rate and
volume for return trip cargo transportation. It was expected that Group would complete
container cargo shipments of approximately 6,000,000 TEUs in 2008.
COSCO operates its container shipping and related businesses through COSCO Container
Lines Company Limited ("COSCON"), a wholly-owned subsidiary. As at December 31, 2007, it
operated a total fleet of 144 vessels, with a total capacity reaching 435,138 TEUs. Vessels call
at over 140 ports in over 40 countries and regions worldwide. It operates 74 international
routes, 12 international feeder service routes, 20 China coastal service routes and 62 Pearl
River Delta and Yangtze River feeder service routes.
The COSCO fleet includes a variety of ship types including container vessel, dry bulk carriers,
oil tankers, general cargo ships, heavy-lift carriers, specialised vessels, together with tonnage
supply in various size ranges.
In Q2 2008 COSCO, signed a contract for four 4,250 TEU vessels from a shipyard based in East
China's Jiangsu Province in an order worth USD 280m. The vessels are scheduled to be
delivered in August and September of 2012. COSCO has said it plans to expand its fleet with
USD 2.3bn worth of new ships.
China COSCO operates its dry bulk cargo shipping business through COSCO Bulk Carrier Co.
Ltd. ("COSCO Bulk"), Qingdao Ocean Shipping Company ("COSCO Qingdao"), COSCO (Hong
Kong) Shipping Co. Ltd. ("COSCO HK") and Shenzhen Ocean Shipping Co. Ltd. ("COSCO
Shenzhen"). As of December 31, 2007, it operated 419 dry bulk cargo vessels, among which
202 were owned by the Company and 217 were charted-in, with a total shipping capacity of
Ocean Overseas Container Line is the creation of shipping and property entrepreneur C Y
Tang, and grew out of his original company Ocean Overseas (International) Line , which
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remains the holding company today. The company is quoted on the Hong Kong Stock
Exchange but remains controlled by the Tang family.
Orient Overseas (International) Limited (OOIL), had revenues in excess of USD 5.6bn in 2007
and has two principal business activities:
1. Container Transport and Logistics services, (99%)
2. Property Development and Investment. (1%)
In 2006, OOIL sold its third business segment (Ports and Terminals) to Ontario Teachers
Business Plan which consisted of 4 terminals in Canada and the US.
Orient Overseas Container Line Limited, operating under the trade name OOCL, is a wholly
owned subsidiary and is one of the world's largest integrated international transportation,
logistics and terminal companies as well as being one of Hong Kong's most recognised global
brands. OOCL is the name of OOIL's container transport and logistics services division.
OOCL is an international carrier serving China, providing a range of logistics and
transportation services throughout the country. OOCL links Asia, Europe, North America, the
Mediterranean, the Indian sub-continent, the Middle East and Australia/New Zealand, and
provides transportation services to all major east/west trading economies of the world.
As of June 2008 OOCL operated 58 owned and long-term chartered-in vessels with a total
capacity of 316,527 TEU and 31 short-term chartered-in vessels with a total capacity
of 65,185 TEU.
OOCL has ordered four more 'SX' Class vessels of 8,063 TEU capacity to be completed by
2009 and four more 'P' Class vessels of 4,500 TEU capacity to be completed by 2010. In the
fourth quarter of 2007 it placed orders for a total of six 8,600 TEU newbuild vessels
scheduled for delivery from late October 2010 through to the end of 2011. It has also
ordered six more 4,500 TEU vessels.
OOCL Logistics in China has added 25,000 sq m to its warehousing in Xiamen, Ningbo,
Shanghai, Qingdao, Tianjin and Dalian, whilst constructing a new warehouse in the Tianjin
Bonded Logistics Park. OOCL China Domestic Ltd., a subsidiary, covers a variety of points in
China from a number of origin transportation hubs including Shanghai, Tianjin and
Guangzhou through waterway, railway and highway transportation to the Chengdu,
Chongqing and Kumming areas.
5.3 Neptune Orient Lines/ APL
NOL was established in 1968 as Singapore's national shipping line, wholly owned by the
In 1997 NOL bought America's oldest shipping company, American President Lines (APL). At
the time APL was nearly twice the size of NOL and was one year short of 150 years old. APL
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began life around the time of the Californian gold rush and in 1867 'The Colorado' was the
first vessel to undertake the trans-Pacific run, linking China and the USA.
NOL is a global transportation company, with core businesses involved in container
transportation, terminals and supply chain management. Historically, the group has been
managed through two businesses - Liners and Logistics. Early in 2008 NOL announced its
decision to reorganise the group into three principal business units - Container Shipping,
Terminals and Logistics.
APL Container Shipping is a global container transportation company, providing services to
more than 140 countries through a network combining intermodal operations with IT and e-
commerce. APL owns and operates a fleet of vessels and offers more than 60 weekly services
at more than 90 ports in Asia, Europe, the Middle East and the Americas.
APL Terminals provides container terminal network. Its business is linked to a Container
Shipping line which contributes around two-thirds of Terminals' total volumes.
APL Logistics provides international end-to-end logistics services for global customers
employing IT and data connectivity for maximum supply chain visibility and control.
The NOL Group has more than 11,000 staff members globally and is publicly listed on the
Singapore Exchange with Temasek Holdings, the investment arm of the Singapore
Government, being the largest single shareholder with 69%.
In 2007, the NOL Group's revenues were USD 8,160m.
APL Logistics major customer base is divided between:
Its largest customers include GM, for whom it moves components from GM supplier plants in
North America into China. Its services in the retail sector are focused on moving product
from Chinese suppliers to retailers in North America. This is also true for the electronics and
consumer durables sector.
5.4 Other shipping companies
Almost all container shipping companies do business with China, with prominent shipping
companies with parallel logistics operations including:
AP Moller-Maersk- the worlds largest containers shipping company, with interests in
Terminal management (see Terminal Management Companies) and logistics. Bearing in mind
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the size of Maersk’s shipping resources, its logistics operations are small and generally
concentrated on near-dock side activities.
NYK – largest of the Japanese shipping companies, NYK has both a broad maritime presence
and an increasingly successful logistics business. It has a leading presence in the Car-Carrier
shipping market and this has been expanded in China in a series of joint ventures providing
both terminals and short sea shipping resources for vehicle distribution throughout the
country. It also has a useful presence providing logistics for many of Japan’s manufacturers in
China. NYK Logistics has the strength to be a major logistics player in China.
MOL - Mitsui OSK Lines is smaller and less profitable than NYK and its logistics presence in
China is much weaker. It nonetheless has strong businesses across bulk/energy shipping, car-
carrying and containers.
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6 Rail Freight Companies
With the evolution of the rail-freight market in China there will be substantial opportunities
for logistics companies of all kinds. With the limited privatisation policies of the Chinese
government still unclear it is difficult to make projections. However, there are already
existing private sector operators in the Chinese rail market.
The Ministry of Railways has been responsible for establishing a number of rail operating
companies with the aim of better meeting the needs of certain sectors and users of freight
services. These are:
China Railways Container Transport (CRCT)
China Railways Special Cargo Service (CRSCS)
China Railways Express (CRE)
China Railway International Freight Forwarding
Lanzhou Railway Bureau Container Transport
It is these companies which are most likely to be engaged in joint-venture and private equity
deals. Lanzhou Railway Bureau Container Transport has established a joint venture with
Canadian Pacific. Other deals include ‘block-train’ arrangements with major LSPs. For
example COSCO, but also APL, OOCL, Maersk and China Shipping, have block train services
carrying shipping containers across inland China. Some of the Chinese large operators, such
as ST Anda and PG Logistics have chartered rail services on arterial routes. APL Logistics has
created a joint venture with East China Railway Express
Rail transport administration departments have attached great importance to development
of multi modal rail transport, especially to China Railway Express (CRE), China Railway
Container Transport (CRCT) and China Railway Special Cargo Service (CRSCS). In 2007,
national container transport, special cargo, and baggage volume grew by 13.8%, 13.4% and
6.1 Company profiles: Domestic 3PLs
Sinotrans Limited is a joint stock limited company, incorporated in the People's Republic of
China on 20 November 2002. The Company was listed successfully on the Stock Exchange of
Hong Kong Limited on 13 February 2003.
Sinotrans Group - Overseas Courier Service Co., Ltd. (OCS) was founded in 1950, and is a
large and modern logistics group, providing agency services of international freight
forwarding via water, land and air transports. Sinotrans Group businesses cover water
transport, auto transport, air express, rail transport, international multimodal transport,
warehouse, shipping operation & management, chartering, shipping agency and integrated
logistics. As one of the 189 central enterprises under direct leadership of the State-owned
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Assets Supervision and Administration Council (SASAC), Sinotrans is among the 120 large
experimental enterprises approved by the State Council.
Up to the end of 2007, Sinotrans Ltd had total assets of in excess of CNY20bn, while its
revenues were CNY38.9bn.
The Group operates from the following regions: Guangdong, Fujian, Shanghai, Zhejiang,
Jiangsu, Hubei, Lianyungang, Shandong, Tianjin, Liaoning and other strategic regions. The
group also operates an extensive and well-established domestic network and an overseas
The Company completed its global initial public offering in February 2003 and listed on the
Hong Kong Stock Exchange. 1,787,406,000 H shares were issued by the Company, which
comprise 1,624,915,000 shares offered by the Company and 162,491,000 shares offered by
the ultimate holding company. As a result, the issued share capital of the Company increased
to 4,249,002,200 shares, comprising 2,461,596,200 domestic shares and 1,787,406,000 H
shares, representing 57.9% and 42.1% of the issued capital, respectively.
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Corporate Structure and Subsidiaries
In 2008, Sinotrans looked set to merge with another huge transportation enterprise in that
country, China Yangtze (Changjiang) Transportation (CSC).
In a news release to investors, Sinotrans said parent company Sinotrans Group had informed
it that an understanding had been reached with CSC on a merger and reorganisation plan.
Sinotrans said it would be submitting an application for the merger to the Chinese
government's State Council State Assets Committee. The proposal is subject to the approval
of the relevant state department.
If it goes through, the deal would create a massive and diversified transport and logistics
organisation. It would have operations in the shipping, shipbuilding, freight forwarding,
barging, land transport, warehousing and express sectors.
CSC has a large shipping division covering oil, containers and bulk. It also provides logistics
services related to its shipping operations. Its strength on the Yangtze is especially important,
given the Chinese government's policy to develop the river as a major economic area.
Revenue from the main businesses of Sinotrans in 2007 totalled CNY 57.66bn (€5.4bn) and
the group is aiming at a revenue of CNY 80-100bn (€7.4- 9.3bn) in 2010. Merging with CSC
would create the second largest shipping organisation in China behind COSCO.
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The main places of operation in China are Dalian, Beijing, Tianjin, Qingdao, Lianyungang,
Nanjing, Shanghai, Ningbo, Xiamen, Guangzhou and Wu Han. Sinotrans also has co-
operative relationships with 20 overseas agents in countries and regions such as Japan, South
Korea, South East Asia, Middle East, Oceania, England, Germany, France, Spain, Holland,
Belgium, Greece, Turkey, Canada and the USA.
Sinotrans classes itself as an integrated logistics provider, dedicated to providing supply chain
solutions to its customers. The company’s services include:
Freight Forwarding – Company operated and through partners such as Exel
Express Services - Company operated and through partners such as UPS, DHL, OCS
Trucking Warehousing & Terminals
Revenues in 2007 reached CNY 38,876m.
Profits in 2007 reached 1,240m.
6.1.2 COSCO Logistics
In January 2002, the company formed COSCO Logistics. COSCO Logistics serves certain
industries, such as automobile logistics, household appliance logistics, project logistics, and
exhibition logistics. This subsidiary offers services including international shipping agency,
freight forwarding, air transport agency, container yard management, warehousing,
consolidation, railway, road and barge transport, project development and management as
well as chartering brokerage.
COSCO Logistics has over 400 business branches in 29 provinces in China, Hong Kong and
In 2007 it had revenues of CNY11.8bn. The company anticipates that in 2008, the increase in
total logistics in China would not be less than 20%, and the increase in the added values of
logistics may reach approximately 16%. The company believes that the pace of
internationalization of Chinese enterprises is accelerating, which would generate demand for
overseas logistics accordingly. With a higher demand for subcontracting logistics services,
more and more Chinese enterprises have switched from the proprietary logistics operation
to outsourcing logistics services.
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COSCO Logistics plans to continue to enhance infrastructure investment in order to satisfy
the rapid growth in demand. In 2008, the Group plans to invest in the construction
of logistics facilities in Dalian, Qingdao, Shenyang, Lianyungang, Shenzhen and Zhenjiang. The
company plans to continue its focus on four pillar operations in product logistics, namely,
home appliances, chemical, automobiles and exhibitions, with an emphasis on coordinating
the developments of various regions and the mutual promotions with supply chain financial
services. The development strategy for engineering logistics is to go international, developing
markets such as Asia, Africa, and South America.
The company expects the ship agency business to strengthen its market position and expand
profit sources. With respect to freight forwarding operations, it plans to develop operations
by upgrading its service systems in marine shipping slot booking. The company is also looking
to expand its direct customer base in air freight forwarding operations, and to construct
airport logistics centres in key airports.
COSCO Logistics has established over 400 business branches in 29 provinces, cities and
autonomous regions in China, Hong Kong and overseas.
In January 2002, the COSCO Group formed COSCO Logistics. The company operates 2.65m sq
m of outdoor storage space and 250,000 sq m of warehouse space, with 1,200 transportation
vehicles (including 32 super-heavy and super-scale special vehicles). The company also has
other logistics resources such as barges and railways. The company employs more than
11,000 members of staff.
COSCO Logistics is headquartered in Beijing with 8 regional companies and established
representative offices in Korea, Japan, Singapore, Greece and Hong Kong. It also holds long-
term cooperative agreements with over 40 overseas goods transportation agencies.
COSCO Logistics is one of the largest logistics companies in China and has teamed up with
Kelon and Little Swan in a tripartite logistics Joint Venture. COSCO is also understood to have
plans for a 3PL Joint Venture with Haier, another leading Chinese logistics operator.
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6.1.3 PG Logistics
Founded in 1994, PG Logistics has built up an extensive network comprising six branches and
43 offices covering more than 40 mainland cities. Its network has now expanded beyond
China to serve the US, Australia, Thailand and Hong Kong markets as well. Its advanced
logistics information platform provides integrated logistics services to many of the world's
top multinational companies as well as large domestic manufacturing groups. Guangzhou's
Procter & Gamble has outsourced its logistics operation to PG Logistics.
Its customers include the Chinese logistics of Proctor & Gamble, Phillips, Unilever,
McDonalds, Shell, Kraft and Budweiser.
PG Logistics currently has 48 offices nationwide and there are plans to build 15 logistics bases
by 2010, as well as aiming to expand their overseas network, which consists of offices in
Hong Kong, Thailand and Australia. The area of the bases will range from 150,000 square
metres to 700,000 square metres. The first phase of the 330,210 square metre base in
Jiangsu Province's Suzhou is already in operation and the 700,000 square metre base in
Guangdong Province's Guangzhou is under construction.
The company plans to implement a total supply chain solution strategy by adding services,
such as money settlement and customs clearance at the bases.
Investment in the Suzhou and Guangzhou operations is estimated at 430 m Yuan (USD 51.8
m) and more than 800 m Yuan (USD 96.39 m), respectively.
6.1.4 Chic Logistics
Based in Shanghai with offices and operations throughout China, Chic specialises in one-stop
logistics services, from local distribution services, regional distribution services and home
delivery services through a complete nationwide supply chain service.
Founded in 1997, the company has grown to offer a full-service portfolio and a network with
130 operating sites in 78 cities. Its network covers the highly industrialised eastern areas as
well as the mainland's interior provinces.
Menlo Worldwide Forwarding acquired Chic Holdings Ltd. and its wholly owned subsidiaries
Shanghai Chic Logistics Co. Ltd. and Shanghai Chic Supply Chain Management Co. Ltd. and
they were subsequently acquired by UPS.
The company has developed a non-asset based business model concentrated on providing
supply chain solutions and extending network coverage. This allows the company to remain
responsive to customer needs without bearing the risk of eroding profit margins in the road
Acquired by Menlo Worldwide in 2007, Chic extended its reach internationally, providing first
mile logistics for products leaving China and last mile logistics for imports.
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It has 80 branch offices, seven subsidiaries, sixteen sub-warehouses all over China and
employs 1,500 people. It established branch management offices in the following cities,
Shanghai, Beijing, Guangzhou, Tianjin, Chengdu, Xi'an, Suzhou, and Wuhan, covering 117
operation offices all over China.
By August 2006, it had warehouse operation in the following 16 cities: Shanghai, Beijing,
Shenyang, Tianjin, Jinan, Xi"an, Chengdu, Guangzhou, Shenzhen, Kunming, Urumqi,
Hangzhou, Nanjing, Suzhou, Changsha, and Wuhan in total of 24 warehouse sites.
6.1.5 Tempus Logistics
As one of the Shenzhen Municipal government "Emphasised Logistics Enterprises,” Tempus
Logistics Holdings Ltd., founded in 1998, provides a wide range logistics services. Tempus
operates in a number of areas including: logistics consulting; air, land and sea freight and
intermodal transport; warehousing, distribution, handling, packaging, and value-added
processing; international and domestic plane and hotel reservations; and property
It possesses several subsidiaries dealing in varied businesses, such as Shenzhen Tempus
International Logistics Co., Ltd., Shenzhen Tempus Freight Trading Centre Co, Ltd., Tempus
International Logistics (China) Ltd, Tempus Bonded Warehouse (Shenzhen) Co., Ltd, Tempus
International Hong Kong Ltd., the Tempus International of North American Ltd., Tempus
International of Canada Ltd.
Tempus has been approved by the Ministry of Commerce and Customs General
Administration and deals in import and export business and overseas and domestic transport
of freight by ocean, land, and air.
Tempus was listed in the Top 100 Logistics Enterprises in China in the year of 2004, 2005 and
2006, in the Top 30 Private Logistics Enterprises in China in the year of 2004. It also received
an award for being an "Ethical Business Enterprise.”
In the Pearl River Delta, the company has facilities in Dongguan, Huizhou, Zhuhai, Longgang,
Guangzhou, and Zhongshan. It has established a multi-modal air, sea, road, and rail network
to reach destinations throughout the Asia, Europe, and the Americas.
It has fleet of 200 vehicles comprised of container trucks, cargo trucks, refrigerated trucks,
and cars. All vehicles have installed GPS to facilitate automatic tracking of goods.
Its base in Shenzhen gives it convenient access to Hong Kong. It is 28 km to Hong Kong
International Airport, 31 to Tsim Sha Tsui, 30 km to Kwai Chung, 30 km Shenzhen airport 30
km, 30 km toYantian, 25 km to the Shekou port, 10 km to the Lo Wu Control Point.
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6.1.6 FOTON Logistics
Headquartered in Shanghai, with 125 acting outlets in Zhengjiang, Guangdong, Fujian,
Jiangsu and other inland cities, FOTON was approved by China's Ministry of Foreign Trade
and Economic Cooperation on 6th May, 2002.
FOTON Logistics succeeded, in a short time, to enter the international logistics market. Its
main businesses include international import and export of goods by air and sea,
warehousing, customs clearance, freight forwarding, international express, and consulting
for large logistics projects. The company has built up its overseas network to attract
FOTON was registered by the State Administration for Industry and Commerce as a major
international freight forwarder enterprise. In December 2002, it was authorised by the
China Civil Aviation Authority to function as sales agents for national aeronautics with a
consignment certificate. It is an IATA member and a member of China Freight Forwarding
Association and the Shanghai Association executive director forwarding unit. It is a fast-
developing integrated freight forwarder in China. It was ranked No. 7 of Shanghai logistics
industry in 2004; No.19 in the national top 100 logistics industry in 2004 and No.18 in 2005.
The company headquarters in Beijing serves as the management centre. With
approximately 1,000 staff, FOTON owns four branches, 11 logistics departments, 13
representative offices, 6 distribution centres and 3 research and development centres.
It has multilevel logistic centres covering the country; each with access to road, railway and
air transportation. The transportation network covers Beijing, Tianjing, Hebei, Shandong,
Liaoning, Jilin, Heilongjiang, Chongqing, Hubei, Hunan, Anhui, Guangdong, Fujian, Jiangsu,
Zhejiang, Shanghai, Shanxi, Sichuan, Ningxia, Xinjiang etc.
The Changsha Logistics Park is located in the Langli township, Changsha city, of Hunan
Province. Covering an area of 70,000 sq. m. The logistics park has three sealed warehouses,
and supplies 160 auto parts to clients.
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6.1.7 Kerry EAS
EAS was established in 1985 as a joint venture between Hua Tong Industrial Development
(Chinese, 75%) and EAS Datong Air Cargo (HK, 25%). In 2004 Kerry Properties, a Hong Kong
development company, acquired a controlling stake of 70% in EAS for CNY380m.
KEAS provides logistics solutions in China through its network in over 1,100 cities. Freight
forwarding accounts for about 60-70% of EAS's revenue, 3PL solutions about 10-20% and
express about 20%. KEAS has built a number of distribution centres throughout China,
usually located in close proximity to air and sea ports. These include Beijing, Shanghai, Hong
Kong, Guangzhou, Wuhan, Dalian.
KEAS has 120 branches and representative offices in China, 9 overseas branches in Germany,
Spain, Singapore and Malaysia, a domestic network covering more than 1,100 cities and a
global network reaching over 200 countries and regions through alliances and agencies.
The company has been successful in winning a number of important pan-Chinese licenses.
These include: Integrated Logistics License; Forwarding License; Land Transport License;
CAAC License; NVOCC License and Distribution License.
In 2007, its revenues were HKUSD 3.6bn.
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Kerry EAS owned bonded warehouses
Source: Kerry Logistics
A substantial part of KEAS' strategy to rationalise its corporate and business structures, in
conjunction with the integration process between the operation of Kerry Logistics' Mainland
China business and KEAS, has been completed. Certain low-margin businesses have been
eliminated as a result of the continuing business restructuring efforts of KEAS, which has
helped to enhance KEAS's operating margin despite a decrease in revenue. A new
information technology (IT) system connects over 100 offices in Mainland China under one IT
network as well as the pan-China "Transport Operations Platform" which was launched in
mid-2006. This has helped KEAS to create an integrated nationwide distribution network in
Going forward, KEAS intends to continue to fine-tune its business focus, and align
management procedures and cultures across all operating units in Mainland China.
In 2006 the 173,000 sq ft bonded logistics centre in Tianjin's Free Trade Zone commenced
operations. This is KEAS' largest bonded facility in Northern China and is strategically located
adjacent to Tianjin Xingang, the biggest container hub in the northern region of China. Also
in 2006, the six-storey 269,000 sq ft bonded logistics centre, incorporating a multi-function
warehouse in Shenzhen’s Futian Free Trade Zone, commenced operations.
KEAS intends to explore opportunities for building new logistics facilities to strengthen its
infrastructure network in other strategic locations in Mainland China, such as Shanghai,
Chengdu and Xiamen.
Kerry EAS operates distribution hubs at strategic locations including Beijing/Xi'an, Chengdu,
Guangzhou/ Shenzhen, Jinan, Shanghai/ Suzhou, Shenyang, Wuhan and Xiamen. All
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distribution hubs are connected by scheduled long-haul trucking services, forming a Pan-
China hub-and-spoke distribution network.
KEAS operates 200,000sq m of warehouses in more than 90 locations and 50 cities across
China. Distribution centres in major China provinces include Beijing, Shanghai, Guangzhou,
Shenzhen, Xiamen, Dalian, Wuhan and Chengdu
KEAS operates 124,000sq m of bonded warehouses in Free Trade Zones (FTZ) such as Tianjin,
Qingdao, Shanghai (Waigaoqiao), Xiamen (Xiangyu), Shenzhen (Yantian & Futian), and
Zhuhai. Kerry EAS also owns a branch office in Suzhou Logistics Park, which is the first
experimental FTZ authorised by customs
Kerry EAS operates distribution hubs at strategic locations including: Beijing, Chengdu,
Guangzhou, Shenzhen, Jinan, Shanghai, Shenyang, Wuhan, Xian.
All distribution hubs are connected by scheduled long-haul trucking services, forming a
comprehensive Pan-China hub-and-spoke distribution network.
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6.1.8 Datian W Group (DTW)/FedEx
In January 2006 global express company FedEx Corporation announced that its FedEx Express
unit had signed an agreement with Tianjin Datian W. Group Co., Ltd. (DTW Group) to acquire
DTW Group's 50% share of the FedEx-DTW International Priority express joint venture and its
domestic express network in China for USD 400 m.
According to the company, the acquisition will include DTW Group's 50% share in the
International Priority express joint venture, converting the joint venture into a wholly FedEx-
owned company. In addition to this it will include the DTW Group assets used to perform
International Priority services and DTW Group domestic express assets from 89 locations.
After completing the deal FedEx will employ more than 6,000 people in China. FedEx
currently serves China with 23 frequencies per week and plans to add three more in March.
Its network already connects around 200 Chinese cities and it plans to add an additional 100
during the next few years. Earlier in January it broke ground on a new USD 150 m Asia Pacific
hub in the southern China city of Guangzhou that will employ about 1,200 workers.
FedEx and DTW Group first entered into a joint venture agreement in 1999. Speculation over
FedEx's plans for its development in China had been increasing, especially given rival UPS’
buy-out of its joint venture with Sinotrans in 2005.
Da Tian W Group (DTW) was founded in 1992 and, based in Beijing, had become one of the
largest privately owned logistics companies in China. In 1999, FedEx and DTW signed a co-
operation agreement in which they established a joint venture known as FedEx-DTW Express
Co Ltd. The 10-year contract makes DTW the sole sales agent for FedEx in China. Currently
FedEx-DTW has established 144 stations nationwide and provides time-sensitive delivery and
24-hour on-line tracking services.
The company has recently set up its own domestic express service which will involve about
80% of its staff and require investment of 100 m Yuan (USD 12 m) annually for the next three
years. The standard express service is designed to become the company's main business in
2008 with an estimated turnover of 1.8 billion Yuan (USD 217 m). The investment will be
used to develop a more widespread network throughout the country and improve the
company's information technology applications.
DTW is highly ambitious and plans to run a fleet of cargo aircraft in the near future. It is also
hoping to list its shares on a Chinese or international stock exchange.
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6.1.9 Guangzhou HYC Logistics
Established in 1994, HYC Logistics Ltd. is a comprehensive privately operated ISO9001:
2000 accredited enterprise offering third party logistics services with a set of warehousing,
distribution, and packaging centres. HYC has registered capital of CNY 5 m, a total
investment of CNY 58 m and an approximate annual revenue of CNY 30 m. Based in the
Huangpu Area, Guangzhou, it is conveniently located near the airport, major highway exits
and rail services.
In terms of revenue streams, HYC confirmed that their primary focus at present is
warehousing which has experienced the fastest growth rate over the past few years. Major
warehousing clients for the company include large scale electrical goods manufacturers like
Jabil Circuit, and Haier.
In some circumstances the company does offer air transport, in particular for Jabil Circuit,
and under those circumstances uses Shanghai Airlines as an agent. All air transport is
processed through this agent and the company does extend this service to the parcel
segment of their business model.
The company does not operate a centralised sorting hub and cargo sorting is not part of their
business model at present. The company operates a large number of collection and
distribution centres mainly located throughout the Pearl River Delta (PRD) as most of their
business originates in Guangzhou, Shenzhen, the wider PRD, and southern China respectively
in terms of volume. At present the company operates three warehouses in the Guangzhou
Huangpu Development Zone, one of which is rented from Zhilian, the others wholly owned;
the most modern of which covers 20,000 square metres. The company also has two
warehouses located in Shenzhen. The company intends to extend its ownership of wholly
owned warehouses as these leases expire.
HYC at present own and operate a fleet of 130 vehicles. This fleet breaks down to 80 trucks
and 50 vans, with the trucks ranging from 3-30 tonnes. Half of these trucks are enclosed and
half are flatbed, none are containerised although some are fitted with hydraulic ‘flying
wings’, in particular those utilised by auto industry customers, i.e. Dongfeng-Honda. Almost
all of the company’s entire transport fleet is equipped with GPS as well as alarm systems and
the company also operates an automated TMS (transport management system) and WMS
(warehouse management system).
The company has many offices around the country including a packing centre and employs
around 1,500 staff including transport workers. Almost all of these workers are directly
employed by the company, save for a very small percentage of loaders that are indirectly
employed. The number of drivers directly employed by the company is at present around
200 and all drivers directly employed by HYC are recruited and trained by the company in an
in-house training facility before starting operation.
Despite mainly using directly employed drivers, the company does however use leased
drivers and vehicles from contract logistics firms to extend its network especially in and
around Beijing and Hebei Province. There are literally thousands of such companies across
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China, making it relatively convenient for HYC to extend their business network without
overbearing investment burdens on less popular lines. It is this subcontracting that makes it
difficult for HYC to accurately calculate the exact number of drivers used in the operations.
The company estimates that 60 percent of its road transport routes are covered by in-house
vehicles while around 40 percent is subcontracted.
In terms of business volume, around 70 percent of the company’s total originates in
Guangzhou, with the remainder spread nationwide, but with a considerable proportion of
that originating in Shenzhen and the wider PRD. Only around 40 percent of the cargo
originating in Guangzhou is delivered in the same city, with the remainder going to the wider
Guangdong region, and a small percentage to the wider China area.
Of the cargo originating and destined for the Guangdong region the vast bulk is FTL. FTL
therefore accounts for the majority of business of the company, whilst routes to wider China
region tend to be LTL. On average, LTL accounts for 5-10 percent of total revenue of the road
At present the company operates two packing centres, one in Guangzhou and one in Tianjin.
Another secondary service the company offers is outsourcing of warehouse management
and operation services. The company’s main warehouses are located in Guangzhou and
Shenzhen and cover an area of 60,000 square metres.
In terms of the company’s core transport business, the company is a fully comprehensive
logistics firm, offering LTL, FTL, express delivery, and COD services, although the latter is for
selected customers only. The company’s main branches are located in Guangzhou, Shenzhen,
and Wuhan, with agents operating in the Beijing-Tianjin region, Shanghai, and Wuhan.
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6.1.10 Other players
Tianjin Delide Logistics Co.,Ltd. Is a joint venture between Tianjin Delide Group and Shanghai
Link Software Technology Ltd. (Japanese). It was one of the first Beijing-Tianjin dangerous
goods transportation companies to follow international standards. The new logistics
enterprise has a registered capital of CNY 150 m, owns four wholly-owned subsidiaries, more
than 80 logistics and distribution enterprises in the country, and is a member of the Delide
Logistics Distribution Union. As well as integration into a modern logistics system and an
enterprise supply chain, DLD also provides international logistics services. It began its
business focusing primarily on the transport of hazardous material. Through the
establishment of existing transport networks, it has taken advantage of routes it has opened
and existing storage facilities to branch into the transport and storage of non-hazard
goods. The company continues to expand in this manner.
Zhongtong Freight Centre was approved by the Industry and Commerce Administration of in
1992. Its network spreads over 20 cities and includes Beijing, Shanghai, Guangzhou and other
major urban centres. It is involved in road, water, railway and air transportation. The
company works with Chongqing Vessels Corporation to develop the Yangzi River shipping
express, containers transportation and bulk cargo transportation service. In recent years, it
developed LFL express, container services, road, air direct service and water, land direct
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6.2 Foreign logistics operators
6.2.1 Nippon Express
Nippon Express has been present in China since 1991. In 2003 Nippon Express launched a
new warehousing operation with around 5,900sqm in Guangzhou. The aim was to
penetrate the Southern China logistics business.
Nippon Express (Zhuhai) Co Ltd, whose parent company is Nippon Express (HK) Co Ltd has 5
major sites in Guandong. Its operations are centred on Shenzhen and Zhuhai. Nippon
Express (Zhuhai) targets foreign manufacturers although as the Chinese economy is
expanding at a rapid rate it is also hoping to increase its presence in the domestic market.
In China it operates 18 companies in 101 locations with over 5,000 employees.
Nippon Express Main Local Companies in China
Dalian Nittsu Container Manufacturing Co Ltd Etc
Nittsu Sinotrans Logistics Dalian Ltd Brokerage, Forwarding
Shanghai Express International Co Ltd Brokerage, Forwarding
Nippon Express (Shenzhen) Co Ltd Warehousing
Uni-Sky Express Service Co Ltd Brokerage, Forwarding
Nippon Expres (Zhuhai) Co Ltd Warehousing
Nippon Express Global Logistics (Shanghai) Co
Nippon Express (Suzhou) Co Ltd Warehousing
Nippon Express (Zhuhai F.T.Z) Co Ltd Warehosuing
Source: Nippon Express
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6.2.2 Kintetsu World Express (KWE)
KWE's principal businesses are international and domestic freight forwarding, using
transportation provided by airlines and shipping companies, and representation on behalf of
air carriers. These operations include airfreight forwarding, ocean freight forwarding and
trucking. The KWE Group is also engaged in the related fields of customs clearance, trucking,
temporary staffing, insurance agency, property management, and packing.
KWE has 43 affiliated companies worldwide and 11 in Japan. It has a global operating
network with 10 overseas offices in 30 countries that comprise KWE's Five Regional
Management System of Japan, the Americas, Europe and Africa, East Asia and Oceania, and
Southeast Asia and Middle East regions, covering 273 overseas operational bases in 189
cities. It ranks among the top companies in the world in sales of international airfreight
services, providing a variety of logistics services. KWE generates about 50% of its operating
income from overseas affiliates. Revenues for 2007 were 292.3bn yen.
The Chinese Headquarters of KWE are in Beijing. KWE China has a turnover of around €51 m
and employs 755 staff throughout China. It has gateways in Hong Kong and Shenzhen for
Southern China. Also in Shenzhen it provides a vendor-hub for overseas vendors to offer a JIT
KWE aims to establish itself as the Trans-Pacific leader in logistics and use the Pacific region
as the launching pad. KWE is strongly focused on the growth opportunities in China. The
company expects the Chinese economy to continue to grow rapidly until around 2010. The
company management believes that there is likely to be continued expansion of the
international division of labour, whereby parts and materials are shipped from Japan to
China, assembled in China, and the finished products are then exported to Japan or the U.S.
Other services offered by the company include:
Air and Ocean Freight Forwarding
Import and Export Customs Clearance
Clearance Agent Status and Online Customs Systems
Trucking, Warehousing and Distribution
Customer Service System (Track and Trace via the Internet)
Third Party Logistics
DPWN has a substantial China business. However as DPWN does not have physical sea-
freight or air-freight operations, its market presence in China is not quite what it is elsewhere
in the world. Rather DPWN appears to have a complex fragmented business presence which
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often seems to be competing against itself. This in great part must be due to the need to
create joint ventures but is also heavily influenced by DPWN strategy of expansion by
acquisition. The best example of this is Exel, which has substantial operations in both Hong
Kong and mainland China.
Excluding Exel, DPWN has three principal businesses in China:
DHL/Sinotrans. (see also Sinotrans & Express)
DHL-Sinotrans is a 50/50 joint venture with the large Chinese logistics service provider
Sinotrans. This is a diverse transport operation, but is particularly strong in air cargo. Bearing
in-mind the size of Sinotrans in the Chinese market and the fact that it has other joint
ventures, DHL might be perceived as the junior partner in this venture.
DHL Danzas Z F Freight Agency /DHL Danzas Air & Ocean
Danzas Z F Freight Agency is one of China’s largest freight forwarders and is probably DHL’s
most important business in China. The business was started by Danzas in 1991 from small
beginnings, however the creation of a joint venture with ZF enabled Danzas ZF to obtain a
Class A Freight Forwarding License from MOFTEC. DHL states that the company now has a
turnover of CNY 1.6bn.
Danazas ZF has expanded beyond air and sea freight forwarding to become a broader
logistics service provider, including the provision of road freight and warehousing
capabilities. Recently it has won a series of major contracts for the support of major
infrastructure projects from the chemical oil and gas and nuclear power sectors.
Danzas ZF is organised as part of DHL Global Forwarding division of DPWN
Sentaifei Freight & Forwarding Co. Ltd/ DHL Solutions
Sentaifei Freight & Forwarding Co. Ltd, another joint venture based in Beijing, is part of the
DHL Solutions/DHL-Exel Supply Chain division of DPWN. It appears to be a smaller business
than Danzas ZF not least because it has less emphasis on shipping and airfreight forwarding.
Rather it is an attempt by DPWN to create a more ‘sector focused’ logistics capability
designed to serve manufacturers and retailers.
With the purchase of Exel in 2005, DPWN inherited a large and in some respects more
coherent China presence than its own. At present it is unclear at what stage the integration
of the two operations is at. However it is assumed that most of the Exel operations will be
integrated into ‘Exel/DHL Supply Chain’
Exel has had an established presence in China for over 20 years. It first established its
presence in the country by appointing Sinotrans as its agent in 1984. In 1996, Exel-Sinotrans
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Freight Forwarding, a joint venture between Sinoair and Exel was formed. In January 2003,
Exel bought a stake in Sinotrans, when the company listed on the Hong Kong Stock Exchange.
Exel in China is recognised as an ‘A’ Class Licence Freight Forwarder and holds a NVOCC
licence. This enables Exel to book its own space with carriers and to issue its own Henderson
Line Bill of Lading. Exel’s airfreight operations in North China are coordinated through Beijing
as a gateway. Tianjin, Dalian, Qingdao, Shenyang and Xi'an are another five operating
locations in the region. In East China, Shanghai functions as a gateway to oversee the
airfreight business and operations of four sub-stations in the region including Nanjing,
Hangzhou, Suzhou and Chengdu.
Exel’s services and capabilities include: international air and sea transportation services,
consolidation international courier services, customs consultancy, customs documentation,
order fulfilment, electronic data interchange, landed costing.
Exel also has a contract logistics presence in 15 cities in China and employs around 1,200
people. With a total of 833,900 square feet of warehousing space, it has facilities in Beijing,
Tianjin, Shanghai and Yantian and provides a range of integrated supply chain solutions for
its customers. In addition to distribution these include kitting, reverse logistics, sub-assembly
inspection, testing and repair, purchase order management, inventory management,
repacking and re-labelling.
In Beijing, Exel operates a fully automated supplier park operation for Nokia. Warehousing
and distribution is managed inside the park. Services provided include order and inventory
management, stock replenishment, just-in-time buffer stock delivery, milk runs and technical
services including repair, warranty and RDA.
In 2004 Exel-Sinotrans Freight Forwarding Co signed a major new deal with the largest PC
manufacturer in China, Legend Group. The JV will provide distribution services for finished
product from warehouses in Beijing and Shanghai. The company has been providing Legend
with Service Parts Logistics to its after sales market since the beginning of 2003. The new
contract involved the management of existing distribution centres, the construction of a new
facility in Beijing and the implementation of new supply chain technologies.
Freight forwarding: Hong Kong
It is assumed that this business will be integrated into DHL global forwarding, however this is
not known for certain. It would represent a considerable strengthening of Danzas ZF and will
possibly provide the basis for DPWN creating a wholly owned business in China- possibly
based in Hong Kong.
Exel offers comprehensive air and sea freight facilities in Hong Kong. Exel is ranked the
number one airfreight forwarder in Hong Kong by IATA in terms of revenue. The company
has approximate staff strength of 1,000 and over 150 vehicles providing domestic Hong Kong
and cross-border services.
Exel has over 140,000 square feet of dedicated airfreight warehouses located at Hong Kong
Airport. It provides door-to-door, airport-to-airport, charters, express, merge-in-transit
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restricted and hazardous goods, temperature controlled goods, out of gauge goods services.
It also provides airfreight services for various fashion labels and handles their outbound
shipment. Exel offers over 142,000 square feet of seafreight warehouses located at Kwai
Chung Container Terminal.
Interview: Exel China sets out key challenges and opportunities
From Exel’s offices on the 18th Floor of the Tomson Commercial Building in the Pudong
region of Shanghai it is easy to see why China has become such a major focus of international
attention. Looking out over a skyline which could easily resemble any of the world’s largest
financial centres, it would be easy to forget that just ten years or so ago the area was almost
completely undeveloped. The number of new construction sites which are evident would
also suggest that development has some way yet to go.
It is in this dynamic environment that Exel Logistics China has its head office. Exel, like many
of its competitors in the freight forwarding and logistics sectors, has been a major beneficiary
of the exponential growth of the Chinese industry. However such strong growth has not been
without its issues.
According to Roland Chong, Managing Director of Exel China, retaining good people is
becoming one of the main challenges in doing business. Unlike other logistics companies, he
has experienced little difficulty in finding well qualified professionals due to tapping into the
number of universities which are practising in the sector. However retaining staff has
become a problem, especially with the high level of logistics operators entering the market.
Another issue is the complicated business environment in which logistics companies have to
operate. The requirement to apply for licences to a variety of different government agencies
has meant that companies such as Exel have become experts in dealing with the authorities.
The award of a Class A forwarding licence is just the start, with companies then needing
certification from the Civil Aviation Authority, the Ministry of Commerce and the Ministry of
Communications if they wish to offer a full range of services. Exel is in the process of applying
for a domestic transportation licence to add to its portfolio. This will give it the ability to
invoice the customer directly without the need to use agents and allow it to put into
operation its Lead Logistics Provider business model which it has implemented successfully
elsewhere in the world.
However the company, traditionally ‘asset lite’, has no intention of investing in transport
assets. Instead it intends to concentrate on ensuring the quality of its sub-contractors,
especially from the point of view of security. With a large number of illegal operators in the
market, this could well become a key differentiator. Chong added that a global company such
as Exel could not afford to cut corners. Instead it would focus on its value adding services,
and especially its IT capabilities to create a competitive advantage.
One of the issues which many freight forwarders have experienced is the capacity crunch for
air and sea lift. However Chong says that Exel’s global relationships with air and sea carriers
have helped it overcome this. He believes that Exel’s global partnerships with carriers, not
completely focused on spot price or capacity, have given it an advantage over smaller
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