A freight vessel carrying 1,815 commodities from Incheon, South
Korea, including cosmetics, electronic toothbrushes and sneakers,
arrived at Yantai port on June 21.
The arrival of the vessel came on the same day as the city's first
international marine express center was inaugurated, after two years of
Yantai has become the third city, following Qingdao and Weihai, in
Shandong province to launch marine express services, with destination
countries including South Korea and Japan.
The maiden trip that set off from South Korea took around 16 hours,
said Wang Yulei, who is in charge of the overseas operations of courier
company Yunda Express.
Wang added that the goods, after customs clearance, will be distributed and delivered to clients nationwide within 72 hours.
In the past, international parcels to Yantai were usually transported
by air or shipped by sea to Qingdao or Weihai first and then
transported to the city, according to Li Chunlei, general manager of
Shandong Hongcheng Logistics Co.
But now with the center in operation, it is hoped that more
businesses will locate to Yantai and more capital in the sector will
flow into the local economy, fueling further growth of the city's
Official data from the Yantai municipal bureau of commerce shows that
the trade value of the cross-border e-commerce in Yantai soared 28.3
percent to reach $2.88 billion in 2017.
According to Li, customers will be the direct beneficiaries of the
new services, with logistics costs being significantly reduced.
Marine logistics has great advantages over air cargo, in particular when it comes to short-distance trips, said Li.
Citing the routes to South Korea and Japan as an example, Li noted
that the parcels shipped by sea from the two countries in the morning
could reach Yantai at night, with the same travel time as being
transported by air, but a 70 percent drop in costs.
That allows customers to "enjoy the efficiency of air transportation but at a price of marine express", he added.
Liu Xionghui, director of the local customs administration, said
Yantai customs authorities shall roll out measures such as optimizing
its services and shortening clearance periods to accelerate the growth
of the marine logistics industry in the city.