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Over 70 Internationally Leading Logistics Enterprises Settled in Chongqing

By MU XUELINICHONGQING|Nov 17,2021

In recent years, Chongqing Highway Logistics Base, located in Banan District, Chongqing, has bred an all-inclusive trade logistics base without the location and resource advantages of a border or coastal area and opened up a road of regional economic and social development driven by the trade logistics industry. The transaction volume of January to September 2021 reached 72.78 billion yuan, up by about 45.2% year on year.

Chongqing Nanpeng Highway Bonded Logistics Center (Photo/ the Banan Publicity Department)

cross-border highway transport exceeded 7,000 departures

On June 21 this year, Chongqing cross-border highway transport trucks loading with second-hand cars departed Chongqing Nanpeng Highway Bonded Logistics Center (Type B), exited the country through the Khorgos Port, and then passed Kazakhstan before it finally arrived in Bishkek, Kyrgyzstan. The whole journey is about 5,400 km and took about 12 days. That marked the opening of another international land transport channel for Chongqing cross-border highway transport and also marked the official launch of second-hand car export by Chongqing cross-border highway transport. Chongqing’s connectivity with the outer world is thus further enhanced.

The Master Plan of New International Land-Sea Trade Corridor issued by the state in August 2019 makes it clear that “we should give full play to the geographical advantages of Chongqing at the intersection of Belt and Road and Yangtze River Economic Belt to build a center of logistics and operation organizations. “

To unblock connection with the Maritime Silk Road and build a goods distribution center of China-ASEAN Free Trade Zone in western inland, Chongqing Highway Logistics Base and Chongqing Highway Transportation (Group) Co., Ltd. jointly established Chongqing Highway Transportation ASEAN International Logistics Co., Ltd. in 2016 for operating cross-border highway transport between Chongqing and ASEAN countries. After several years of efforts, a total of nine trunk lines leading to ASEAN countries and Central Asian countries have been opened, realizing the full coverage of the Indo-China Peninsula and partial coverage of Central Asian countries. At the same time, Chongqing cross-border highway transport has successfully obtained a Greater Mekong Subregion (GMS) through car license, opened a through-line from Chongqing to Laos, and successfully obtained approval certificate of Transport International Router (TIR). Thus, Chongqing has become the only province with GMS and TIR licenses, which can further enhance the opening level of Chongqing cross-border highway transport and boost Chongqing Highway Logistics Base to build an opening highland in Chinese inland.

Based on statistics, from the launch on April 28, 2016, to September 30, 2021, Chongqing cross-border highway transport reached 7596 departures, transporting goods of 17,091 TEUs or 123,600 tons with a total value of 4,466 million yuan. It has realized the full coverage of Indo-China Peninsula and highway transport connectivity between Chongqing and Central Asia, built a multimodal transport international logistics system dominated by cross-border highway transport, and supplemented by road-rail transport and land-sea transport, and become an important carrier of New International Land-Sea Trade Corridor.

 More than 70 leading logistics enterprises

At the bonded logistics center in the base, the staff of JD Global Purchase Warehouse was busy preparing goods for “Double Eleven” warm-up sales. Automated black conveyor belts are densely criss-cross like rollercoaster tracks, on which all kinds of goods were forwarded by code and methodically fell into the sorter. A large number of overseas products are concentrated here and then delivered to the hands of consumers.

JD Global Purchase Warehouse in Banan (photo/ Internet)

This warehouse is the only warehouse that serves JD Global Purchase in southwest China. “We’ve gone through many “Double Eleven” festivals. Although the workload is several times more than usual, we are fully prepared.” According to a relevant person in charge of the project, the average daily orders were only 1,000 in 2017, and most were infant & mom products. With the increasing improvement of Chongqing Highway Logistics Base, the average daily orders now are 5,000, and the products extend to beauty makeups, infant & mom products, health care products, and daily necessities, exceeding 1,500 varieties.

Why did the e-commerce giant JD.com, Inc. choose the Chongqing Highway Logistics Base? According to a relevant person in charge of JD.com, Inc., Chongqing Highway Logistics Base is an excellent national logistics park, an international trade logistics center of Chongqing, and an important carrier of the New International Land-Sea Trade Corridor. JD chose the base mainly because of its location advantages, platform advantages, and industrial foundation. Chongqing Highway Logistics Base also gives importance to business environment optimization. This June, it established the first logistics base branch of a district government service center in the city, which can handle 156 government service items in the park to carry out “nanny service” for the settled enterprises.

Apart from JD.com, Inc., more than 70 leading logistics enterprises such as GLP, ZTO, STO, SF Express, and SINCERE gather in Chongqing Highway Logistics Base. At present, there are more than 5,000 introduced enterprises, forming a relatively complete trade logistics industry cluster and promoting Banan District’s trade logistics industry to take a cluster effect in the city. It is reported that in the first three quarters of this year, Chongqing Highway Logistics Base seized the construction opportunity of Chengdu-Chongqing economic circle to constantly promote the high-quality industrial development of the park. A total of 23 enterprises were introduced, and the percentage complete of the investment attraction target reached about 115%.

Hundred billion-level trade logistics city

The logistics industry cluster has attracted the agglomeration of economic and trade industries. In China, South City Chongqing, a comprehensive trade logistics center, is booming. Specialized markets and project facilities have been opened and put into operation. It will become a comprehensive market integrating warehousing and logistics, e-commerce, conference and exhibition, and other functions, covering fields from food, clothing, building materials to automobile and motorcycle parts, decorative lighting, and so on.

Channels drive logistics, and logistics drive economy and trade, and economy and trade drives industry. In recent years, Chongqing Highway Logistics Base has seen strong industrial development momentum, having formed represented by JD.com, Inc. and SF Express an e-commerce industry cluster, an international trade industry cluster based on the bonded logistics center and cross-border highway transport, a specialized market cluster represented by China South City Chongqing and Sincere auto park, and a comprehensive logistics industry cluster represented by GLP.

The western inland has transformed itself into an opening highland. The leapfrog development idea of Chongqing Highway Logistics Base is integrating into national strategies, tapping into its own advantages, extending the industrial chain, and realizing industry-city integrated development. From January to September this year, the transaction volume of Chongqing Highway Logistics Base reached 72.78 billion yuan, up by about 45.2% year on year. The annual transaction volume is expected to reach about 100 billion yuan. During the 14th Five-Year Plan period, Chongqing Highway Logistics Base will continue to deeply integrate into the Belt and Road construction, extend bonded warehouse, customs supervision, and other features, develop new channel transport business, promote optimization and upgrading of the industrial chain and the supply chain, make every effort to build a Chongqing international trade logistics center, an important carrier of New International Land-Sea Trade Corridor, a highway logistics hub of Chengdu-Chongqing economic circle, and an ASEAN trade service headquarter base.

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