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CRC enters rail express business

3 July 2013
China Railway Corp, created out of the break-up of the former Ministry of Railways, is to enter the high-speed rail express business, reported China Daily.

Currently, about 80 per cent of express deliveries in China are carried by road, 15 per cent via air and 5 per cent via railway and other modes of transport, according to Hong Houxing, an analyst with Anbang Logistics. He said that express delivery by rail will grow in the long term because it’s faster than road transportation and cheaper than air cargo. He cited the example of high-speed rail delivery between Guangzhou in Guangdong province and Changsha, Hunan province, where the cost is Rmb1.5 per kilo, 25 per cent less than delivering by air.

Mr Hong added that airfreight is most suited for deliveries that need to travel more than 1,000km, while rail is best for deliveries of between 500km and 1,000km. For those journeys of less than 500km, vans and trucks are most appropriate.

     
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