China Turns Attention to Logistics

China is thinking logistics. To prioritize market growth, improve productivity, and reduce costs, the country plans to build 30 high-tech logistics hubs by 2020. By 2025, China predicts these hubs will include 150 devoted logistics facilities, according to China’s National Development and Reform Commission (NDRC).

Within the 127 cities qualified for the project, China will build inland harbors, cargo ports, airports, service-oriented ports, commerce and trade-oriented ports, and inland border ports.

The primary goal of these logistics hubs is to integrate automation into new ports and smart warehouses, and incorporate unmanned vehicles, robots, and drones into parcel-delivery processes.


Other priorities include providing a solid foundation for e-commerce and enabling express air and high-speed rail logistics, cold-chain processes, and cross-border delivery.

Among the qualified cities:

  • Shenzhen
  • Beijing
  • Tianjin
  • Nanjing
  • Shanghai
  • Guangzho
  • Zhenzhou
  • Foshan Xi’an
  • Fuzhou

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