AFRICA – Cainiao Network, the logistics arm of Alibaba Group, has announced the launch of its first air cargo route between China and Africa aiming for booming demand for Chinese products and close bilateral tie between the two countries.
“The newly launched air route is a further expansion of Cainiao’s global cross-border parcel network and demonstrates our ability to leverage industry partnerships to aggregate resources to mitigate disruptions while enhancing overall logistics efficiency,” said William Xiong, chief strategist and general manager of export logistics.
“Together with local logistics partners, we strive to provide African consumers with efficient door-to-door delivery services.”William Xiong – Chief strategist and general manager, Export logistics
“Together with local logistics partners, we strive to provide African consumers with efficient door-to-door delivery services, with the aim to extend full-chain delivery services to more African countries in the near future.”
Cainiao’s e-commerce parcel volume between the two countries was up by a whopping 163 percent year-on-year in May, the Alibaba logistics unit noted, and the launch of the air cargo route is expected to support the surge in trade volume and the growth of the e-commerce market in Africa, which is projected to reach US$34.6 billion by 2024.
This year, Cainiao launched cargo flights to Eastern Europe, Latin America and the Middle East to further enhance cross-border parcel shipping efficiency. As of March 2021, the company processes more than 5 million cross-border parcels each day.
Payload Asia approached Cainiao to ask which airline or carrier will be operating the cargo flights, but the company said it cannot disclose the airline this time around.