Alibaba’s Cainiao Releases Plan to Aid Cross-Border Logistics Amid Pandemic

In order to alleviate the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic on Chinese cross-border e-commerce, Cainiao, a logistics company launched by Alibaba, has released a plan called “Cross-Border Worry-Free,” with eight measures for import and export businesses in areas affected by the pandemic.

Cainiao will focus on several key import and export logistics nodes to ensure the stability of international supply chains. Among them, sea freight services to ports such as Qingdao and Ningbo are provided for merchants who originally planned to enter Shanghai Port. As for air freight, Cainiao has booked air transportation resources in advance, and also provides overseas routes to Guangzhou, Shenzhen, Nanjing, Wuhan and other airports. Some merchants can realize “in-place warehousing,” thus reducing the transportation costs of trailers in domestic ports.

After the arrival of imported goods, Cainiao will coordinate with the Chinese General Administration of Customs to make overdue applications for the merchants, complete declarations within one or two days, and clear customs efficiently.

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Affected by the pandemic, land transport in some Chinese cities and areas cannot pass normally. Cainiao, therefore, is actively communicating with relevant departments to apply for passes for transport fleets. In the case of insufficient transportation capacity between the Chinese mainland and Hong Kong, Cainiao provides merchants with an optimized scheme for land transport to water carriage, ensuring the timeliness of port-to-warehouse transportation. The firm is also promoting the orderly advancement of June 18 shopping festival stock.

According to data released by China’s General Administration of Customs on May 9, in the first four months of this year, the total value of China’s foreign trade import and export was 12.58 trillion yuan ($1.87 trillion), up 7.9% year-on-year, and the country’s foreign trade structure continued to be optimized.