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July 2009

Shanghai cuts Customs clearance time for pharma researchers

29 July 2009
Three pharmaceutical clinical research organisations (CROs) in Shanghai’s Zhangjiang Hi-Tech Park, including MediTech and Sundia, claim that Customs clearance time for CRO shipments has been shortened from three days to...

Express Shanghai service boosts Wuhan terminal

29 July 2009
China Infrastructure Group-controlled Wuhan Yangluo terminal recorded a container throughput of 113,900 teu in the first six months of 2009, up 31 per cent over the same period last year....

DPCA cancels third plant

29 July 2009
The Hubei-based Dongfeng Peugeot Citroen Automobile (DPCA), a joint venture between PSA Peugeot Citroen and Dongfeng Motor, is to shelve plans to build a third plant because of concerns of overcapacity, according to China Bus...

Carrefour to open store in Wuhan suburbs

29 July 2009
Six companies, including Carrefour, Huayi Brothers, Shanghai Huge Group and the Industrial and Commercial Bank of China, have signed strategic co-operation agreements to set up businesses in Huangpo, a peripheral city of Wuha...

Interior leads China’s economic growth

29 July 2009
Western China’s industrial value added increased by 13.2 per cent in the first six months of this year, according to the State Statistics Bureau, well ahead of the 5.9 per cent recorded in the coastal region and 6.8 per...

New toll road regulation submitted to Jiangsu congress

29 July 2009
A new toll road regulation was submitted to the people’s congress of Jiangsu province for approval on 27 July, according to China News Service....

Further expansion of Nanjing-Taiwan air services

29 July 2009
China Eastern Airlines, the country’s third-largest carrier, plans to launch 29 weekly direct flights between nine mainland cities and Taipei from September....

Beijing-Shanghai high speed railway on track

29 July 2009
Sections of the Beijing-Shanghai high speed railway will be linked together by the end of this year, Zhang Shuguang, chief of the transportation department at the Ministry of Railway told Beijing News....

Domestic cargo volumes rise 38% in June

29 July 2009
Cargo throughput at Chinese ports rose 17.5 per cent year-on-year in June to 598m tons, the fourth consecutive monthly rise. This was 0.7 per cent higher than in May....

Domestic travel rises 12 per cent this year

29 July 2009
Chinese citizens made 1bn domestic trips in the first half of 2009, up 11.7 per cent year-on-year, according to a survey by the State Administration of Tourism....

Zhangjiagang imports record wool volume

29 July 2009
The Jiangsu city of Zhangjiagang imported 2,441.6 tons of wool in the first six months of 2009, up nearly 15 per cent year-on-year and worth a total of US$14.9m, according to the local inspection and quarantine bureau....

First prosecution of road toll evasion expected in Nantong

29 July 2009
Nantong police arrested a man on 24 July on suspicion of fraud in relation to the evasion of road tolls....

Shanghai to containerise all household waste by 2010

22 July 2009
The first two purpose-built container vessels to transport Shanghai’s household waste will be put to use by 1 October, according Shanghai Maritime Safety Authorities....

Major fire at Yueyang chemical terminal

22 July 2009
A major fire broke out at 11:55am on 18 July at the Yueyang Chemical Plant’s private terminal....

Ro-ro operations to be inspected

22 July 2009
The Yangtze River Administration is sending a team of inspectors to check on the safety of ro-ro transport along the Yangtze, specifically in the Three Gorges Reservoir....

Zhangjiagang records surge in waste steel imports

22 July 2009
Zhangjiagang imported a total of 2.236m tons of waste steel during the first six months of 2009, up more than 1,000 per cent year-on-year, according to the city’s inspection and quarantine bureau....

Rural income in Chongqing up nearly 10 per cent

22 July 2009
Statistics from Chongqing Municipal Government showed that during the first six months of 2009, the average disposable income of rural residents was Rmb8,192, up 9.9 per cent year-on-year....

PYI to complete Yichang purchase in October

22 July 2009
Bulk cargo port and logistics operator PYI Corp is expected to complete its 51 per cent acquisition of Yichang Port Group in October, according to company chairman Joseph Chow quoted by Lloyd’s List....

Work to start on Chongqing bridges in October

22 July 2009
Construction work on two bridges in Chongqing will start around 1 October, according to the municipal government....

Audit office criticises Xiluodu dam project

22 July 2009
The National Audit Office has publicly criticised construction work on the Rmb67.5bn Xiluodu dam, the world's third-largest hydropower project....

Wisco buys stake in Australian mine

22 July 2009
Wuhan Iron and Steel has signed an agreement with Australian Centrex Metals to jointly develop iron ore mines in southern Australia....

UPS opens Shanghai cargo hub

22 July 2009
UPS has opened an international air hub in Shanghai Pudong International Airport in a bid to increase its China market share....

Fixed asset investment rises by one-third

22 July 2009
China’s urban fixed asset investment increased by 33.6 per cent in the first six months of this year to Rmb9,132bn, according to the National Bureau of Statistics....

Second runway for Jiangbei Airport by July 2010

22 July 2009
The second runway at Jiangbei International Airport is expected to be finished in July 2010, according to Chongqing municipal government. The project was started in September 2008 and is now 30 per cent complete....

Chongqing shipbuilders buck global trend

22 July 2009
Despite the depressed state of the global shipbuilding industry, Chongqing’s shipbuilders recorded revenues of Rmb5.6bn in the first half of 2009, a 21 per cent year-on-year increase....

Truck driver receives jail term for container theft

15 July 2009
A local court in Jiangyin recently sentenced a truck driver to four years in jail for stealing the contents of a container he was transporting, according to China News Service....

Renovation of Wuhan bridge causes traffic delays

15 July 2009
Wuhan’s Baishazhou Yangtze Bridge was closed on 6 July for a new round of renovation work that is due to be completed by 30 September....

Go-ahead for Malaysian-invested expressway project

15 July 2009
An expressway project leading from a popular tourist destination in Guangxi province, Yangshuo, has been approved by the State Development and Reform Commission, according to the provincial transport authorities....

Yangtze claims 17 lives and 18 vessels in first six months

15 July 2009
Data published by the Yangtze Maritime Safety Administration showed that 153 major accidents and collisions happened within its jurisdiction between January and June this year....

Jiujiang reports record throughput in June

15 July 2009
SIPG Jiujiang port reported a record year-on-year monthly jump of 28 per cent in cargo throughput in June to 630,000 tons....

Jiangyin Port Container sued for environmental infringement

15 July 2009
The All-China Environmental Federation is suing Jiangyin Port Container Co in Wuxi, Jiangsu province, in what is believed to be one of the first public lawsuits involving an environmental organisation as the main plaintiff....

Wuhan launch for Nissan electric cars

15 July 2009
Nissan Motor plans to launch its lithium ion battery-driven vehicles in the Chinese market in 2011, according to Yasuaki Hashimoto, president of Nissan (China) Investment....

Singapore investor in China infrastructure fund talks

15 July 2009
Singapore’s state investor Temasek is reported to have been in talks with a unit of Bank of China to launch a US$1bn-2bn investment fund that will focus on China infrastructure projects. The initiative was said to ha...

Bulk cargo volumes boost port figures

15 July 2009
Throughput at China’s main ports totalled 2.64bn tons in the first half of 2009, a rise of 0.5 per cent year-on-year, according to statistics released by the Ministry of Transport....

Report says western regions still lag far behind

15 July 2009
The development of China’s western regions still has a long way to run, according to the latest Blue Book of the Western Region of China....

Metro to open more Yangtze River delta stores

15 July 2009
Retail and wholesale operator Metro plans to invest €80m to open four more stores in China this year, reported China Daily....

Hubei grows 10 per cent in first half 2009

15 July 2009
Central China’s Hubei province recorded a 10 per cent GDP growth in the first half of this year to Rmb540bn, according to local reports....

Major bulk cargo port company established in Hebei

15 July 2009
The world’s largest bulk cargo port company has been created in Hebei province in northern China, according to a report by Xinhua. Hebei Port Group is made up of the ports of Qinhuangdao, Caofeidian and Huangye....

Major carriers complain over high jet fuel prices

15 July 2009
China’s three largest airlines have called for the reintroduction of fuel surcharges on domestic routes in response to rising oil prices, South China Morning Post reported....

Official opening for Nantong bridge

15 July 2009
After five years of construction, the Suzhou-Nantong Yangtze Road Bridge was formally opened on 13 July. The road bridge provides a link between the Jiangsu cities of Nantong and Suzhou....

Twenty killed in Chongqing rainstorm

15 July 2009
Twenty people in Chongqing were confirmed killed by recent heavy rainstorms. The toll included 16 hikers swept away by a flash flood in Tanzhangxia Canyon in Wanzhou county....

Increase in Taiwan-Chongqing air services

15 July 2009
Taiwan UNI Air plans to launch a twice-weekly service between Chongqing and Taipei from September....

BASF commits to Chongqing plant

15 July 2009
BASF is to press ahead with building a multibillion-dollar chemical project in Chongqing, despite the concerns of some Chinese environmentalists and residents....

Major chemical scare at Three Gorges shiplocks

8 July 2009
A loaded truck caught fire on a ro-ro barge sailing on the Three Gorges Reservoir on 1 July, according to the Three Gorges Navigational Administration....

Anhui to increase water levels to 10 metres

8 July 2009
Anhui provincial port authority has vowed to double the water level of the Yangtze River within its territory to 10 metres....

ADB to make US$100m loan to Xinjiang

8 July 2009
The Asian Development Bank is to loan US$100m to Xinjiang Uygur Autonomous Region for urban improvements designed to spur sustainable growth and improve the environment....

BASF to press ahead with Nanjing expansion

8 July 2009
Sinopec and BASF are to go ahead with a US$1.4bn expansion of their 50-50 joint venture in Nanjing....

Shanghai’s Dapu Tunnel to close

8 July 2009
The Dapu Tunnel in Shanghai will be closed on 10 July for major reconstruction....

River water quality data now available online

8 July 2009
Real-time information about water quality from China’s major rivers and lakes is now available online....

Domestic investment in Chongqing jumps 28%

8 July 2009
The first half of the year saw domestic investment in Chongqing jump 28.1 per cent year-on-year to Rmb39.8bn and 34.5 per cent in terms of the number of projects to 4,440, according to statistics released by the local governm...

Jiangyin chemicals plant to open in September

8 July 2009
China Clean Energy Inc, a producer of biodiesel fuel and environmentally-friendly chemical products made from renewable resources in China, has confirmed that the construction of its Jiangyin plant will be completed in Septem...

First express railway in SW China opens

8 July 2009
The 318km-long Dazhou-Chengdu railway, the first express railway in southwest China, was put into operation on 7 July, reducing the train journey between Chongqing and Chengdu to two hours....

Air passenger numbers soar in Chongqing

8 July 2009
In June, 1.08m passenger journeys were made via Chongqing Airport. This represented a 40 per cent increase on the same month in 2008....

Vessel standardisation to be completed by 2013

1 July 2009
The Deputy Minister of Transport Xu Zuyuan announced on 25 June that the central government would take measures to push through a vessel standardisation programme across the Yangtze trunkline by the end of 2013....

New momentum for Go West campaign

1 July 2009
The Deputy Director of the Go West department of the State Development and Reform Commission, Ms Li Yingming, told a press conference last week that a series of new incentive policies would be announced later in the year to p...

Anhui ports welcome outside investors

1 July 2009
Anhui’s new Provincial Port Law, released on 30 June and effective on 1 October, includes a warm welcome to outside investors....

Yangtze cargo throughput rises 14.5 per cent in June

1 July 2009
Throughput of general cargo along the Yangtze trunkline totalled 100m tons in June, up 14.5 per cent compared with the same month last year, according to statistics released by the Yangtze River Administration under the Minis...

Breakthrough in Yangtze oil tanker robbery

1 July 2009
Yangtze River police have arrested nine people suspected of carrying out one of the largest oil tanker robberies in recent years....

DHL to open 10 transport hubs in 2009

1 July 2009
DHL Supply Chain plans to add 10 transportation hubs in China by the end of 2009 in response to growing domestic shipping activity, Dow Jones reported....

Domestic air passenger growth in May

1 July 2009
China’s domestic air passenger traffic in May increased 26 per cent from a year earlier, according to the Civil Aviation Administration of China (CAAC)....

Flash expands China network

1 July 2009
Flash Global Logistics says it has added 66 locations to its China network. The expansion enhances the company’s existing distribution, Customs clearance and Importer of Record capabilities....

Work begins on Chongqing recycled aluminium alloy plant

1 July 2009
Construction has begun in Chongqing on what will be China’s largest recycled aluminium alloy project....

Rock fall closes Chongqing expressway tunnel

1 July 2009
A rock collapse forced the temporary closure of the Chengdu-Chongqing Expressway’s Jinyun Mountain Tunnel on 28 June....

New PV component investment in Changzhou

1 July 2009
A key supplier to the Changzhou plant of photovoltaic (PV) product manufacturer Trina Solar is to establish a production facility next door to its client....
     
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