Chinese-European parcel partnership
GLS and ZJS Express, one of China‘s largest private parcel delivery services, cooperate. Both companies will be feeding parcels into the partner’s network.
The partnership was announced during a press conference in Beijing on 15 August 2012. ZJS Express operates a network that covers more than 2,000 towns and cities in the People’s Republic of China. The main distribution centres in the fourth largest country in the world in terms of area are linked by road and air freight. Approximately 20,000 staff are employed by the company at more than 3,000 locations.
For distribution in Europe ZJS Express relies on GLS. Parcels destined for the European market will be sent by air freight from Beijing to Frankfurt or London. In the industrial centres of Shanghai and Shenzhen additional gateways have been set up and will soon start operations. Parcels for delivery in the United Kingdom and Northern Ireland will be fed into the current GLS network via London, all other parcels will be distributed via Frankfurt. The IATA licensed GLS airport office at Frankfurt airport will be responsible for the parcels and will ensure they are cleared by customs and distributed throughout the whole of Europe. The standard delivery time for shipments from China to Europe is three to five days.
In China already the GLS UniQue software and its scan stations will be used to handle the parcels destined for Europe. This ensures that all the necessary data for handling the parcels, such as that required for customs clearance, can be sent in advance. Chinese consignors will also have access to parcel tracking service throughout the whole of Europe.
The new partnership will initially involve the dispatch of parcels to Europe, but GLS will also be shortly passing parcels on from its customers to ZJS for delivery throughout the People’s Republic of China. The GLS Group also has strong partners in Russia, India, the Middle East and Hong Kong, who are among the top players in their markets.