Chinese enterprises including leading tech giants such as Alibaba and several state-owned enterprises (SOEs) have been helping to ease logistics problems for domestic exporters transporting goods from the port of Shanghai amid tightened epidemic prevention measures.
Companies such as China COSCO Shipping Corporation have been implementing measures following epidemic requirements to ensure the normal import and export of commodities by offering 31,000 twenty-foot equivalent units (TEUs) on cargo ships and providing flexible changes in transportation methods from land to water transportation at 55 ports along the Yangtze River, Peng Huagang, a spokesperson for the State-owned Assets Supervision and Administration Commission (SASAC) said at a press conference on 19 April.
Alibaba has launched a one-step solution for international shipments, providing integrated logistics solutions for the entire shipping process, according to a statement sent to the Global Times by Alibaba on Tuesday. This includes offering trailers, helping with customs clearance, and providing transportation of containers for exporters.
In addition to the original reserved space for cargo ships, Alibaba took the lead in adding 300 TEUs for transporting whole containers, to ensure that merchants in East China can export their goods.
The company is also working to guarantee smooth transportation of containers in neighboring provinces including East China’s Zhejiang and Jiangsu Province.
Alibaba will cooperate with major customs clearance companies to offer services in 24 hours to better assist exporters with the process, it said.
Ports in neighboring Jiangsu Province have also been implementing measures such as flexibly changing transportation routes for exporters from the land to sea transportation, the Xinhua News Agency reported.
Li Yanqing, a manager at a Nanjing-based company exporting electronics said that his company chose cargo flights departing from Nanjing instead of Shanghai, which ensured timely delivery for his products.
Nanjing has opened two cargo charter routes to Europe and North America, flying six flights per week, with a single trip cargo throughput of about 100 tons, said the Xinhua report.