Hong Kong Air Cargo Industry Services (Hacis) has entered into a strategic partnership with Chu Kong Shipping Enterprises (CKS) to develop joint logistics activities across the western Pearl River Delta.
The first project will involve opening an inland cargo depot in Zhuhai Free Trade Zone in collaboration with CKS subsidiary Civet Logistics Company, which operates its own port facility in the Zhuhai Free Trade Zone.
Hacis’ latest depot will enable it to realise its long-standing ambition to further develop its SuperLink China Direct (SLCD) road feeder service network, and establish a strong local presence in the Zhuhai area to take advantage of the opening of the Hong Kong – Zhuhai – Macao Bridge.
All Hacis depots are linked with Hong Kong International Airport via scheduled road feeder service, and the new bridge will slash trucking times between the western Pearl River Delta (PRD) and the airport by two thirds.
Hacis managing director, Vivien Lau says: “Hacis has a long-term plan to expand its SLCD services to the western PRD, further enhancing HKIA as a regional air cargo hub and transshipment centre. This new depot will enable us to fully support airlines wishing to extend their networks to the cities in the western PRD.”
Chu Kong Shipping Enterprises (Group) Company Limited director and vice general manager, Roger Cheng adds: “The partnership with Hacis will further promote multi-modal logistics in the western PRD, and assist in the development of the Greater Bay Area, in line with Central Government Policy. We are also exploring mutual cooperation in other ports such as Doumen.”
The western PRD is home to many electronic manufacturers and technology companies who use ocean freight but Hacis and CKS hope that when the bridge is open, they will consider airfreight a cost effective alternative.