31 March 2016
China Launches E-commerce Logistics Plan
The Ministry of Commerce, the National Development and Reform Commission, the Ministry of Transport, the General Administration of Customs, the State Post Bureau and the Standardisation Administration of China have jointly issued the Special Plan for the Development of Electronic Commerce Logistics (2016-2020) in order to accelerate the development of e-commerce logistics, raise the level of e-commerce, reduce logistics costs and improve the circulation efficiency.
According to the plan, by 2020, an e-commerce logistics system with perfect layout, optimised structure, powerful capability, efficient operation and quality service would be basically formed, with informatisation, standardisation and intensive development making significant progress. The innovation capability of e-commerce logistics will be further enhanced with broad application of advanced logistics equipment and technology in the industry. Integrated operation and network management will receive further boost with collaborative development in transportation, warehousing and distribution. With further opening up, e-commerce logistics networks serving global trading and marketing will be gradually formed. The level of green development will be further enhanced and the recycling rate of packaging waste will be greatly improved. The competitiveness of e-commerce logistics enterprises will be significantly strengthened, with a number of high-level enterprises which are competitive internationally having service networks covering domestic and foreign markets. E-commerce logistics costs will be significantly lowered, efficiency will be improved and supply chain service capabilities will be greatly enhanced.
The plan called for main tasks such as building logistics network systems to support e-commerce development, speeding up e-commerce logistics development in small and medium-sized cities and rural areas, and speeding up the development of e-commerce logistics in the area of people's livelihood. The plan also put forward major projects covering e-commerce logistics standardisation, e-commerce logistics services in rural areas, e-commerce cold chain logistics and cross-border e-commerce logistics, among others.