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November 2010

APM looks to invest in Yangtze ports

24 November 2010
APM Terminals is looking to sign joint ventures with secondary ports in inland China, according to a senior executive of the company, citing high growth rates in the area....

Refined oil products get priority on the Yangtze

24 November 2010
The Ministry of Transport issued an urgent circular on 17 November, calling on all Yangtze ports, the Yangtze piloting centre in Jiangyin and the shiplocks at the Three Gorges Dam to give top priority to vessels carrying refi...

Zhangjiagang container throughput up 33%

24 November 2010
According to statistics from the Yangtze River Administration under the Ministry of Transport, Zhangjiagang terminal reported a throughput of 937,000 TEU in the first 10 months of 2010, up by one-third compared with the same...

Nearly 700 vessels jammed bound for Yueyang

24 November 2010
An unspecified number of vessels stranded in the low waters of the Xiangjiang River, a major tributary of the Yangtze in Hunan province, caused a backlog of some 700 vessels near the Changsha section on 13 November....

Yichang compulsory lightening takes effect

24 November 2010
A compulsory lightening programme just downstream of the Three Gorges Dam started to have an impact on 12 November when maritime safety authorities in Yichang, Hubei province, ordered 10 coal-carrying vessels to offload some...

Imported sesame seeds destroyed in Zhenjiang

24 November 2010
Seven containers of sesame seeds imported from Bangladesh and worth nearly US$50,000 were destroyed on 19 November in the Jiangsu port of Zhenjiang by the city’s inspection and quarantine bureau....

Geodis to expand China presence

24 November 2010
Freight management company Geodis Wilson plans to expand its operations in China next year, according to Mathieu Renard Biron, regional VP of the company’s Asia Pacific division....

Hitachi Transport wins contracts in Henan

24 November 2010
Tokyo-based Hitachi Transport System has signed a deal with Sinopec to make deliveries to convenience stores at petrol stations operated by the state-run company in Henan province, the Nikkei business daily reported....

Wisco in talks with Canadian iron ore producer

24 November 2010
Wuhan Iron & Steel Group, China’s third-largest steelmaker, is in talks with Canada-listed Adriana Resource to jointly develop an iron ore project in Quebec, according to a senior executive reported by China Daily....

New shopping mall for Wuhan Tiandi

24 November 2010
Chinese property firm Shui On Land and Redevco Asia, the Amsterdam-headquartered real estate developer, have started construction of a Rmb1.8bn shopping mall Wuhan, capital of Hubei province....

Hike in Chongqing minimum wage from 2011

24 November 2010
Chongqing’s minimum wage will increase by Rmb190 a month from the start of 2011, according to a municipal government website. The new monthly rate in the nine main urban districts will rise from Rmb680 to Rmb870....

Zhangjiagang posts big drop in coal imports

17 November 2010
Official statistics from Zhangjiagang Inspection and Quarantine Bureau show that coal imports during the first 10 months of 2010 dropped by 31.5 per cent year-on-year to 1.09m tons....

Yangtze and Yellow rivers to develop hand-in-hand

17 November 2010
The director of the Yangtze River Administration, Mr Tang Guanjun, and the director of Gansu province’s transport commission signed an agreement on 15 November to co-ordinate the development of the Yangtze and Yellow ri...

China port capacity 40% greater than demand, says operator

17 November 2010
Chinese ports, including Yangshan deepwater terminal in Shanghai, are struggling with overcapacity because global demand has not kept pace with capacity expansion, said Su Xingang, vice-president of port operator China Mercha...

Ethylene carrier completes maiden voyage

17 November 2010
The first Chinese-owned ethylene chemical carrier has completed its maiden voyage, reported Seatrade....

Action taken to combat Xiangjiang’s low water levels

17 November 2010
The central province of Hunan has started releasing more water from upstream reservoirs to boost near record low water levels in the middle and lower reaches of the Xiangjiang River, according to the Ministry of Water Resourc...

K+N looks inland for future growth

17 November 2010
Kuehne + Nagel plans to expand its China operations in 2011, especially in the areas of inland ports and trucking, reported IFW....

Final tracks laid on Beijing-Shanghai railway

17 November 2010
The final tracks have been laid on the Beijing-Shanghai high-speed railway, state media reported. When it opens in 2012, the 1,318km line will be the world’s longest high-speed railway....

Airlines poised to cut domestic fares

17 November 2010
Chongqing Evening News reported that some Chinese airlines are offering discounted tickets to win back passengers they lost due to a rise in fuel costs. Airlines in the country have doubled fuel surcharges for adult passen...

Chongqing exports grow 58%

17 November 2010
Chongqing’s total import and export value in the first 10 months of 2010 reached US$9.12bn, up 49 per cent compared with the same period in 2009....

Work starts on rail transport park

17 November 2010
Construction has begun on a Rmb100bn rail transport industrial park in Chongqing’s Liangjiang New Area....

Nanjing offers subsidies to shipping lines

10 November 2010
In an effort to accelerate the growth of regular container services to and from Nanjing, the local government announced a raft of measures on 2 November with immediate effect....

Suzhou throughput rises 36%

10 November 2010
Suzhou port, the administration umbrella for Taicang, Changshu and Zhangjiagang terminals, reported a throughput increase of 36 per cent to 2.98m TEU in the first 10 months of 2010....

Three Gorges expressway completed ahead of schedule

10 November 2010
The Three Gorges Fanba expressway was completed 18 months ahead of schedule, according to the Yangtze River Administration....

Zhangjiagang DG throughput passes 11m tons

10 November 2010
Zhangjiagang Maritime Safety Authorities released statistics on 9 November that showed that the terminal recorded a dangerous cargo throughput in the first 10 months of the year of 11.04m tons....

Water pollution control a priority in next five-year plan

10 November 2010
The control of water pollution has been included in China’s 12th five-year plan (2011-15), the first time the subject has featured in a five-year plan, reported China Daily. Wang Bin, deputy director of the departmen...

China Southern joins SkyTeam air cargo alliance

10 November 2010
China Southern Cargo has joined the SkyTeam Cargo alliance, whose other members include Aeromexico Cargo, Air France Cargo, Alitalia Cargo, Czech Airlines Cargo, Delta Cargo, KLM Cargo and Korean Air Cargo....

China to boost railways spending

10 November 2010
The Chinese government plans to invest Rmb3,500bn in railway construction during the 12th five-year plan (2011-15), reported China Economic Review quoting an unnamed official from the Ministry of Railways....

High-speed rail plans under review

10 November 2010
The Ministry of Railways is conducting a review of China’s high-speed rail plans after a report by the China Academy of Science raised questions about their affordability and practicality. In the report submitted to...

Railway cargo volume up 12% in first 10 months

10 November 2010
Between January and October 2010 the volume of cargo carried on China’s railways totalled more than 3bn tons, an increase of nearly 12 per cent year-on-year, according to the Ministry of Railways....

Guangan-Luzhou expressway to open in 2015

10 November 2010
Local governments have pledged to provide Rmb15.6bn to fund the construction of the Guangan-Chongqing-Luzhou expressway by 2015, according to a Chongqing government website. Connecting the Sichuan cities of Guangan and Luz...

Radio station starts national road traffic reports

10 November 2010
China Central Radio has started a daily traffic report on the channel Beijing FM106.1....

AMD to expand capacity in Suzhou

10 November 2010
Advanced Micro Devices, the US-headquartered microprocessor manufacturer, will expand output capacity at a plant in Suzhou, Jiangsu province, reported China Knowledge....

Auto parts firm starts to build Nanjing plant

10 November 2010
ArvinMeritor, the US-based automobile component maker, has started to build a new R&D centre and manufacturing plant in Nanjing, Jiangsu province....

CNPC builds Chongqing gas storage base

10 November 2010
China National Petroleum Corporation (CNPC), China’s largest oil and gas producer, is to invest Rmb11.6bn on constructing a gas storage base in Chongqing municipality....

Longxin tops list of motorcycle exporters

10 November 2010
Chongqing Longxin Engine was the largest exporter of motorcycles in the first nine months of this year with a total export value of US$290m, according to a report released by the China Association of Automobile Manufacturers....

High-tech firms head for Chongqing

10 November 2010
Taiwan-based personal computer maker Acer has selected Chongqing as the location for its second major manufacturing centre in mainland China. The company has already established a major operations centre in Shanghai....

Chongqing Iron & Steel completes Australia acquisition

10 November 2010
Chongqing Iron & Steel has completed the acquisition of a 60 per cent stake in Asia Iron Holdings for Rmb1.8bn, according to various sources. This follows the signing of a framework agreement last November....

Yangtze dredging project begins

3 November 2010
A major dredging programme started on 1 November to increase the water depth of the Yangtze to 12.5 metres all the way up to Nanjing....

More vessels sign up to Three Gorges GPS programme

3 November 2010
The Three Gorges GPS vessel management programme, promoted by the Three Gorges Navigation Administration, has been adopted by an increasing number of shipping lines and their vessels, according to the administration....

Yangtze throughput continues upward trend

3 November 2010
Statistics from the Yangtze River Administration show that the throughput of general cargo at the major ports on the Yangtze trunkline jumped by 14.4 per cent year-on-year in October 2010 to 118m tons, while that of container...

Zhangjiagang begins importing Honduran iron ore

3 November 2010
The Bahamas-registered ‘Clipper Trader’ arrived at Zhangjiagang port on 2 November, carrying 27,804 tons of iron ore worth US$3.66m. This was the port’s first ever shipment of iron ore from Honduras....

SIPG acquires control of Yangshan

3 November 2010
Shanghai International Port Group is to own phases two and three of Yangshan deepwater terminal, reported Shanghai Daily....

DHL signs Shanghai partnership deal

3 November 2010
The forwarding division of DHL in China has signed a partnership agreement with the state-owned Shanghai Lingang Free Trade Port Economic Development Co, reported IFW....

Warehousing costs set to rise

3 November 2010
A shortage of warehouse space in major cities such as Beijing and Shanghai will lead to a continuation of higher rental rates in the coming year, according to an executive from CB Richard Ellis quoted by China Economic Review...

Chongqing approves ambitious rail plan

3 November 2010
Chongqing mayor Huang Qifan chaired a government meeting recently that approved the city’s rail construction plan for the 12th five-year period (2011-15)....

Yichang-Wanzhou railway starts track testing

3 November 2010
The 377km Yichang-Wanzhou railway, one of the most technically challenging ever to be built in China, has started the track testing phase. Trains departed Yichang at a speed of 80-160kph to collect track data for analysis....

SMIC to invest in Wuhan chip plant

3 November 2010
Semiconductor Manufacturing International Corp, the largest contract chip maker in mainland China, has signed a cooperation agreement with Wuhan East Lake Hi-Tech Development Zone Administrative Committee to jointly invest in...

FAW-VW to build Chengdu plant

3 November 2010
FAW-Volkswagen Automobile intends to spend around Rmb15bn to build a plant in Chengdu, capital of Sichuan province, with an annual output of 600,000 autos, various sources reported....

First Dell, now Lenovo invests in Chengdu

3 November 2010
Lenovo Group is to build a new business centre in Chengdu, capital of Sichuan province as part of its efforts to expand business in western China. China Daily reported that the country’s largest PC maker plans to inv...
     
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