GSA Kales markets the idle capacity of Cainiao freighter flights on all international routes into China. It is a global partnership driven by the growing e-commerce volumes, states Sebastiaan Scholte, CEO of Kales Group. The cooperation commenced on 01MAY22 but some specifics still have to be ironed out. This will happen by the end of this month, assures Mr. Scholte.
With the acquisition of Alibaba subsidiary Cainiao, the Dutch GSA has made a big catch.
Hangzhou, China-based Cainiao operates hundreds of internationally chartered cargo flights every month to international markets on behalf of AliExpress. While their fleet of B747-400F, -8F and B777F are jammed with exports leaving China to Europe, the U.S., and other parts of the world, many of the return flights offer idle capacity. Thanks to the umbrella agreement, this empty space is marketed by Kales as of now. Practically, this will be done by the Dutch GSA’s subsidiary Cargonet Asia.
To do the job as efficiently as possible, both parties intend to ink fixed allotments and blocked-space agreements on flights chartered or leased by Cainiao on the freighters’ way back to China. This will happen within the next weeks and includes available capacity offered on return flights from Latin America, Sebastiaan Scholte, CEO of Kales Group, told CargoForwarder Global.
“We are very proud to sign this partnership with Cainiao and contribute to the development of a global smart logistics network supporting the growth of e-commerce and beyond,” the executive said. “We will support Cainiao on their different trade lanes in different parts of the world. Cainiao will be a very welcome addition to the already extensive portfolio we offer to our forwarders’ base.”
Number one in Liege
In Europe, Cainiao serves Budapest and Liege and has established a locker network in Spain and France in an effort to strengthen its logistics value chain and enhance last mile logistics efficiency. Meanwhile, Liege has become the Alibaba Group member’s main European port of entry. At the Belgian airport Cainiao runs a sorting and cargo facility comprising 30,000 square meters that was inaugurated last November.
The umbrella agreement on worldwide cooperation now reached between the two companies was also applauded by James Lu, Senior Logistics Advisor for Cainiao: “We are happy to work with such an experienced partner like Kales, with the right knowledge and network to support us when we are expanding our business relationships around the world,” stated the manager. “This partnership will allow us to better leverage our logistics infrastructures such as the Liege eHub and to help our clients to better export to China.”
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