FedEx delays direct-express service at Huangtian Airport
WONG JOON SAN
Federal Express Corp (FedEx) has put off plans to provide a direct-express service at Shenzhen's Huangtian Airport this month until all export procedures are properly in place.
The company plans to launch the service in April.
FedEx vice-president for the mainland and Mid-Pacific region John Quinn, who confirmed the postponement, said: 'From the planning perspective, there is a need for a little bit of time from level of preparedness to carry out the service.' FedEx signed a letter of intent in January with Shenzhen Airport (Group) to design and implement processes for a fast and efficient service.
These include 24-hour customs clearance processing on site, pre-arrival clearance for import shipments, customs automation and self-handling at Huangtian Airport facilities.
Mr Quinn said FedEx had good co-operation locally with the Shenzhen customs authorities to put together procedures and facilities for the export operations.
He said all these were expected to be in place by April, including the plans for the cargo operations which had not been finalised yet.
Mr Quinn said the Shenzhen customs had been introduced to the techniques used at airports in Shanghai and Beijing and other parts of the world.
The Shenzhen service would complement FedEx's services to Beijing and Shanghai, he said.
FedEx hopes to establish a world-class, all-cargo express service at Huangtian Airport through close co-operation with the Shenzhen government and airport authorities.
Huangtian, in service for 6.5 years, is the mainland's fourth-busiest airport.
More than 80 per cent of the SAR's air cargo originates from southern China.