Charter flights between Shenzhen and Bangkok operate three times a week with same-day return.
Chinese e-commerce giant JD.com has launched charter freight flights between Shenzhen and Bangkok to ensure deliveries within 48 hours as it aims to capitalize on growing cross-border e-commerce.
“The new charter flight is our first in Asia Pacific. We see huge potential in South East Asia and this is only the first step,” said Stard Huang, head of international logistics at JD. Bangkok Post.
The flight operates between Shenzhen Bao’an Airport and Suvarnabhumi Airport three times a week, returning the same day.
The move is not only aimed at increasing the speed of cross-border freight, but also supporting the development of cross-border business through Thai and Chinese e-commerce channels, including JD.com and JD’s joint venture in Thailand, JD Central, he mentioned. .
This route makes it easier to deliver goods from China to Thailand and vice versa within 48 hours, Huang said.
“We mainly provide logistics services and strengthen our logistics capabilities. For the next step, there might be an opportunity to connect the logistics service to our e-commerce platforms, providing a more comprehensive service to our customers and clients.” , did he declare.
China’s main exports are e-commerce products and consumer electronics, while imports from Thailand are fruits, fresh food and seafood, Huang said.
“Our e-commerce platform has found that Thai products such as coconut water, soy milk and Tao Kae Noi seaweed are popular with Chinese consumers,” he said.
Korlarp Suwacharangkul, Marketing Director of JD Central, said JD and JD Central plan to help small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs) create business opportunities between China and Thailand.
“We have seen that cross-border e-commerce between the two countries has enormous potential for expansion,” he said.
Goods exported from China to Thailand using JD are expected to include basic necessities, small household appliances, electronics and other e-commerce products, while those from Thailand mainly include fresh produce and industrial products such as auto parts.
Thailand’s trade volume with China reached US $ 80 billion (2.5 trillion baht) in 2020, up 0.21 percent year-on-year.
Thailand’s exports to China hit nearly $ 30 billion in 2020, up 2% year-on-year. Thailand’s imports from China totaled nearly $ 50 billion, down 0.83% last year.
The main exports to China were tapioca products, rubber products, computers and spare parts, as well as fresh and dried fruits. The main imports from China were electrical machinery, machinery and parts, and household appliances.