Continuation of freighter service is still uncertain
The weekly B767 freighter service will operate until 27 October 2018 and subsequent services will be subject to approval from the regulatory authorities.
The only operator that also flies pure freighter services on the Singapore-Shenzhen route is US-based United Parcel Service, while bellyhold capacity is provided by passenger airlines Scoot,
Shenzhen Airlines and SilkAir.
In another development, SF Express has formed a joint venture with a subsidiary of railway operator China Railway Corp to develop high-speed train cargo services.
According to a report in the China Daily, China Railway Express Co Ltd, the bulk cargo delivery arm of CRC, will hold a 55% stake in CR-SF International Express Co Ltd, the new venture, while the
rest will be held by an affiliate of Shenzhen-listed SF Holding.
Cargo trains to complement planes
CR-SF International Express plans to run high-speed freight trains, develop railway delivery platforms for cross-border e-commerce and establish logistics centers for storage, packaging,
processing and delivery services.
The report said that China has the world’s most extensive high-speed rail network, with 22,000 kilometers of track currently in use, but it is used to only transport passengers. Since 2016, they
have opened it for product deliveries of goods sold via online platforms.
However, it still accounts for a very small portion of China’s total cargo transport capacity, Yang Daqing, a researcher at the China Society of Logistics, was quoted as saying.
“The structure of China’s delivery system has been disproportionate for a long time, while highway transportation accounts for 70%,” he said, adding that cooperation can gradually improve the
structure by ramping up high-speed railway’s proportion.
According to China Business Journal, the revenue earned by high-speed railway deliveries accounts for only 4% of CRE’s total but soared 20% in the first four months of 2018 over the same period
Nol van Fenema