The Alibaba logistics unit launched its latest freighter route this week: a direct charter flight between Singapore and Hainan Island five times a week.
Hainan is seeing a ‘luxury brand shopping boom’ since the government tripled the annual limit for duty-free purchases last July to $15,000. Sales are up 244% year on year, with February alone recording $736m of duty-free sales on the island.
Imported goods from Singapore land on shelves within 12 hours after clearing customs, Cainiao reported, adding that a twice-weekly freighter will also run between Singapore and Sanya, via Guangzhou, giving another option to access Hainan, other than “trucks and ferries” from hubs in South China, (Cainiao Global is the official global parcel tracking platform of Alibaba Group).
Cainiao added: “Both routes aim to provide cross-border logistics services for global beauty and luxury brands to enter Hainan, and also to help export domestic e-commerce goods to Singapore, enhancing trilateral trade between Singapore, Hainan and China’s Greater Bay area.”
James Zhao, Cainiao’s general manager for global supply chain, said: “We expect to open more direct cargo routes to link Japan, South Korea, Australia, New Zealand and Europe to Hainan, soon.”
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