Shandong Ports Group builds intl logistics channel
The unveiling ceremony for Shandong Port Land-Sea International Logistics Group Co Ltd (Shandong Port Logistics Group) and the launch of the North China Consumer Goods (Jinan) Distribution Center that both took place on May 20 in Jinan – capital city of East China's Shandong province – were major events, according to local officials.
They said the day represented another significant move by Shandong Port Logistics Group in promoting the development of an unimpeded international logistics channel.
Officials said that by harnessing the opportunity, Shandong Port Logistics Group is expected to utilize the city's favorable location to build a logistics channel that radiates throughout Shandong, northern China and regions along the Yellow River basin.
The initiative is believed by industry insiders to have a strong geo-economic value, especially as China greatly values domestic economic development.
They said there are obvious and compelling reasons why Shandong Port Logistics Group settled its headquarters base in Jinan.
As a strategically located city, Jinan is at the intersection of Bohai Sea rim area, one of China's largest economic circles and the Beijing-Shanghai economic axis. With such a vast hinterland at its disposal, the city is emerging as an overarching hub and demonstration city for integrated transportation services.
Shandong Port Logistics Group will continue to tap into national strategic facilities, such as the China (Shandong) Pilot Free Trade Zone -- a pilot program for building the country a strong transportation network, along with environmental conservation and the high-quality development of the Yellow River basin.
Officials said that by working together with local governments, railways, ports and shipping companies - as well as pulling elements together, including ports, logistics, financial services, trade and shipping – major efforts are being made to promote the development of an unimpeded logistics channel.
They said that for the ports to win out amid fierce competition, they must look to tapping cargo resources in the region's economic hinterlands.
Shandong Port Group (SPG) held promotion meetings in the Ningxia Hui, and Xinjiang Uygur autonomous regions respectively on Aug 8 and Sept 18 last year, in order to deeply integrate them into the Belt and Road Initiative and open it further through links running eastwards and westwards, across land and over sea.
In this context, inland port construction has become a new driver behind the logistics development of Shandong Port Logistics Group. Guided by the strategy of developing the hinterlands, it has doubled down on its bid to promote inland services and sea-rail intermodal transportation, officials said.
With its unremitting efforts, inland port clusters have witnessed growth in both numbers and scale.
Spanning from southern Shandong and then nationwide, a series of inland parks that provides port services have been built, accompanied by a number of direct freight trains connecting ports to inland areas.
As of June this year, SPG built 18 inland ports and opened 68 sea-rail intermodal routes linking itself to 34 cities across the country, ranking it the biggest in China's sea-rail transportation volumes for five consecutive years.
To date, SPG has been realizing its promise of moving the sea gates to the doorsteps of inland enterprises. Officials said that as such, the land-sea engine that serves the import and export companies and drives the high-quality development of China's inland areas is being triggered.
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