DHL eCommerce has expanded its cross-border and domestic e-commerce service operations in China, with the opening of a new terminal in Shanghai.
The terminal, in the Jiuting region of Shanghai, functions as the central point of consolidation of e-commerce goods from China for global distribution. Alongside this, the company has plans to open additional drop-off centres in North and South China by the end of 2015.
Thomas Kipp, CEO of DHL eCommerce, said that China’s e-commerce trade volume for the first five months of 2015 was equal to the whole of 2014.
“With about 95 per cent of outbound logistics volume expected to come from nine provinces, we will continue to invest to grow our footprint in China and support the rising market demand,” said Kipp.
“By the end of the year, the Shanghai terminal will be complemented by a network of drop-off centres in North and South China. These centres will help provide regional consolidation of the large volumes, aggregating the shipments before they move to the Shanghai terminal for final distribution around the world.”
DHL eCommerce also operates a centre in Hong Kong, but said that the new facility in Shanghai will reduce transit times by up to three days for manufacturers.