French express delivery firm Chronopost has signed a commercial agreement with leading Chinese express giant SF Express to improve and expand the quality of service and transit time for packages from France to China. Chronopost is part of DPD Group, the international parcel delivery network.
Chronopost - SF Express signing ceremony with Christophe Cornilleau, International Director for Chronopost (left standing) and Alex Wang, West Europe Business Area General Manager for SF Express and sitting Martin Piechowski President of Chronopost (left) and David Adams, CEO Overseas Region of SF Express.
In a statement, Christophe Cornilleau, International Director at Chronopost said: "The Chinese market is now exploding, with the growth of e-commerce and increased international trade."
"Offering an ever more efficient, competitive and disruptive offer by improving delivery times, coverage and prices was essential for us," he added.
First freight airport in Asia
Chronopost said the new agreement will enable French companies to utilize SF Express' last mile delivery expertise and value-added services, as well as “express and regulatory customs clearance thanks to the collaboration between Chronopost and SF Express teams and their expertise on this market.”
To accommodate new partners such as Chronopost and existing customers, SF Express is currently constructing what has been dubbed as "the first freight airport in Asia."
The airport, to be based in Ezhou City in central China’s Hubei province, will be able to handle 2.45 million tonnes of cargo and 1 million passengers by 2025, SF said in a recent statement. The total investment would be valued at 37.26 billion yuan (US$5.9 billion) with SF and the Hubei provincial government responsible for the fundraising, it added.
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