EHL, a Chinese logistics services provider based in Zhengzhou, is setting up its North America base at Canada'sEdmonton International Airport (EIA) and leveraging nearby logistics facilities to enhance the transportation and consolidation of goods, including e-commerce trade with China that will be transited onwards to the US mainland.
An airport spokesperson said that initially EHL plans to utilise existing warehouse facilities at the airport and later establish its own operation, reported London's Air Cargo News.
Test flights involving Boeing 747 freighter capacity have already been carried out. To begin with the company will only use one flight per week and it is not yet known which airline will provide the capacity.
Flights are expected to launch in December and all parties are currently working to ensure all requirements, such as ground handling and warehousing, are ready ahead of the start of operations.
Zhengzhou is the capital city of Henan, a province that 100 million people call home and sees the movement of 70 per cent of China's air cargo perishables.
"Henan is a key link to China's Belt and Road," said EHL president Ziqiang Ma. "EHL is committed to develop trade links between China, Canada and USA through our distribution centre in Edmonton."
"We welcome EHL to EIA's airport city and the new construction investment, jobs and trade opportunities it brings to the Edmonton metro region and Alberta," said EIA chief executive Tom Ruth.
"This significant agreement builds from EIA's strong track record of driving successful trade and commerce between China and North America, solidifying EIA as a major international trade hub," Mr Ruth added.