China’s Express companies unfazed by outward FDI crackdown

The days of HNA Group acquiring a new airport entity every few months may be coming to an end as Chinese regulators begin enforcing stricter outbound investment rules; yet this does not seem to have China’s express companies worrying about their ability to continue expanding into international markets. As SF Express demonstrates, despite moving forward […]
  • Charles Kauffman
  • July 31, 2017

SF Express Airlines opens new hub at Shanghai Pudong

Following the recent termination of CAAC restrictions which had for months blocked Shanghai Pudong International Airport (PVG) from launching new flights, SF Express Airlines seized the opportunity to bring China’s most populous city into its rapidly expanding air freight network. A new 25,000 sq. meter airside terminal will allow SF to connect its expansive ground […]
  • Charles Kauffman
  • July 13, 2017

If Pactl is any indication, May will be a great month

Shanghai Pudong International Airport Cargo Terminal Co Ltd (Pactl, the biggest handler at Shanghai’s Pudong Airport) reported a 13.0% y-o-y increase in its May cargo handle to 154,000 tonnes, its best monthly result this year. Pactl started the year strongly, with a 12.3% y-o-y increase for the combined January/February period, and stayed in double digits […]
  • David Harris
  • June 8, 2017

Cainiao and SF come to blows over data control

Last Thursday, SF Express’ daily parcel volumes reportedly fell by one million units after a spat with Alibaba-affiliated Cainiao resulted in SF becoming temporarily de-listed as a service provider option within Cainiao’s logistics platform. This time around, the operational disruptions were short-lived. Following mediation by China’s Postal Bureau, the two companies resumed business as normal […]
  • Charles Kauffman
  • June 7, 2017

7 ways cross-border e-commerce is reshaping air freight logistics today

For the past two years, “cross-border e-commerce” has been the buzz-phrase of the air freight and express industry. And it’s only natural that our industry would jump on it – no other mode of transportation is better suited to ensure expedited deliveries for parcels with origins far-removed from their final destination. But, hype aside, what has […]
  • Charles Kauffman
  • June 5, 2017

Breaking news: UPS and SF Holdings to establish JV

On Friday morning (Beijing Standard Time), SF Holdings, the parent company of China-based SF Express and SF Airlines, and US-based express giant UPS announced plans to enter into a joint venture, in which the two companies will use their respective assets and expertise to “collaborate to develop and provide international delivery services.” The venture (subject to regulatory […]
  • Charles Kauffman
  • May 25, 2017

China’s B2B express volume to grow dramatically

SHANGHAI – The freighter fleets of China’s express companies are growing rapidly as an increasing proportion of retail spending moves online—but that’s only half the reason express companies are adding airfreight capacity as quickly as possible. Yesterday at Cargo Facts Asia 2017 in Shanghai, Peter Huang, director of corporate planning at SF Airlines, said that the […]
  • Charles Kauffman
  • April 27, 2017

E-commerce drives expansion of express fleets worldwide

Today we begin a three-part analysis of the jet freighter fleets of express companies worldwide. We start with some background, and then a look some of the smaller (and perhaps more interesting) companies. Tomorrow and the day after, we’ll look at the big boys, and conclude with a look into the future. At the end of […]
  • David Harris
  • April 12, 2017
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