CH Robinson now focuses on China's imports led by pharma
THIRD-PARTY logistics services provider CH Robinson is turning its attention to boosting volumes tied to China's ballooning import market that is forecast to record double-digit growth until 2023
04 December 2018 - 10:25
The Minnesota-based 3PL already controls some 364,000 TEU of Chinese export transpacific traffic to the US, making it the largest non-vessel operator (NVO) on the tradelane.FAXTEXT = 'Import growth in China continues to outpace exports and, by leveraging our vast network and core service offerings, we aim to deliver competitive advantages to customers around the world,' said vice-president of CH Robinson Asia Global Forwarding John Chen.
'Import tariffs continue to reduce substantially this year,' added Mr Chen. 'Customs and IQ [inspection and quarantine] were recently merged to simplify import procedures and lower costs; and stricter export commodity inspection was launched for intellectual property rights protection.'
He said these measures would lead to 'massive import growth' in the automotive, pharmaceutical and fast-moving consumer goods (FMCG) industries, reported London's Loadstar.
'This is expected to benefit European countries the most, while ASEAN and Latin America may profit from transferred import orders from the US.'
The company manages peak season capacity by utilising hubs in Hong Kong and Shanghai, connecting its entire Asian network.
'We signed year-round block space agreements (BSAs) with key airlines, which helped secure steady capacity for our customers,' explained Mr Chen. 'There's at least a 30 per cent increase, year on year, on our capacity through these BSAs. Even during peak season, airlines are willing to offer extra capacity for greater flexibility for our air freight through their split charter programmes.'
He said China's e-commerce revolution was playing a leading role in accelerating supply chain development, as well as helping the government's loosening of regulatory policy.
'Cross-border e-commerce imports have broken the monopoly of import sales agents, giving public access to high-quality and lower-priced imported consumer goods while forcing low-quality Chinese manufacturers to close down.
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