Freight forwarder Flexport is partnering with Chinese logistics specialist SF Express to offer a one-stop-shop for freight services, including full container load (FCL) ocean shipping and air cargo.
Flexport and SF Express will connect data and platforms to provide “smarter and more advanced logistics services” to address the specific needs of Chinese companies.
“We have been increasing our investment in technology and are committed to continuously enhancing the user experience,” said Henry Ko, managing director of Flexport Asia.
“Our collaboration with SF Express will enable us to further improve end-to-end services and operational capabilities, helping us to elevate the user experience to the next level, both within and outside of China.”
In a statement on its website, Flexport said that its expertise in imports will “complement SF Express’s history of excellence in channel networking”.
The statement continued: “By joining forces, each partner will broaden the other’s reach and add depth to their already customer-centric services and products. Building on a strong foundation of technical knowledge and expertise, SF Express and Flexport will continue to drive transparency and efficiency throughout global trade.
“Driven by a shared vision of delivering the most valuable customer experiences possible, this partnership will play a key role in the evolution and development of powerful trade tools.
It stated that the Flexport and SF Express partnership will allow Chinese businesses to get “real-time visibility into the status of shipments through the tech-driven Flexport platform while taking advantage of data automation and analytics to develop more efficient processes and procedures”.
It added that Flexport’s destination capabilities – in particular, US and European Union customs clearance and last-mile delivery – will be “specially valuable” for Chinese companies seeking to expand overseas business.
Keith Ip, chief executive, international business of SF Express Group, said: “Working with Flexport, we hope to further support Chinese companies’ expansion ambitions in overseas markets.
“SF Express and Flexport will fully leverage each other’s strengths while continuing to promote future innovation and introduce ever-more competitive logistics solutions. By expanding cross-border B2B business capabilities, we aim to create significant value for our customers.”