Cross-border online shopping has become a new trend, and the volume of air freight will rise steadily in the future

13 Jan 2022

By Jennifer Huang.     Photo by Claudio Schwarz

Guangzhou Baiyun Airport is the first 100 billion cross-border e-commerce airport port in China

What is cross-border e-commerce? Cross-border trade activities through online transactions. In definition, similar to cross-border retail, it is through e-commerce (online platform) that transaction entities in different customs complete the display, negotiation, and cash flow transactions in import and export trade, and then through cross-border logistics Delivery of goods, international business activities to complete the delivery of goods. It refers to a kind of international trade that "occurs on the Internet", that is, the process of placing an order from a foreign online platform and buying back the required items. The more advanced technology is, the booming e-commerce industry has been driven. This cross-border e-commerce model, which is not restricted by regions, sells goods across countries, which can not only expand the sales market, but also enhance the visibility of enterprises, prompting merchants to invest development.
Cross-border retailers in China are in the leading position in the world. Hong Kong reported that the new foreign trade format of cross-border e-commerce in the Guangdong-Hong Kong-Macao Greater Bay Area has shown a rapid growth trend. According to Guangzhou Customs statistics, as of December 5 last year, the import and export volume of cross-border e-commerce at Guangzhou Baiyun Airport exceeded RMB 100 billion, a significant increase of 1.5 times compared with the same period in 2020, marking the first cross-border e-commerce business in China. The airport port of the billion-dollar mark. Among them, the total value of cross-border e-commerce goods exported to countries along the “Belt and Road” exceeded 22 billion yuan, an increase of 1.2 times over the same period in 2020. One of China's three major gateway composite hub airports, Guangzhou Baiyun Airport currently has about 230 navigation points, and its route network covers the world. At present, Guangzhou Baiyun Airport Port has carried out cross-border e-commerce online shopping bonded import, direct purchase import, general export and B2B export business. It is one of the areas with the most abundant and flexible cross-border e-commerce business models in
China. Among them, the volume of direct purchase import business leads the country. It is estimated that for every 100 direct purchase imported goods imported across the country this year, about 50 are sent from Guangzhou Baiyun Airport. Furthermore, in order to improve the efficiency of customs clearance, Guangzhou Customs uses CT machines, X-ray machines, etc. to conduct non-invasive inspections of packages. The customs strengthens daily logistics management and control, through online means such as "video surveillance & system control", combined with offline supervision of "on-site inspection  tally random inspection", to ensure the stable and orderly development of cross-border e-commerce business.
COVID-19 has changed the shopping habits of consumers around the world, which in turn has changed the shape of cross-border trade. With the gradual development of consumers' demand for cross-border e-commerce, small and medium-sized businesses have actively entered the international stage of e-commerce.and major international supply chains, including e-commerce platforms, logistics and courier express , are highly optimistic about long-term cross-border e commerce. As cross-border travel has been stagnant for nearly 2 years, cross-border online shopping has become a new trend in consumption habits. It can be expected that even if the global lockdown is gradually lifted in the future, cross-border e-commerce shopping has formed a new normal and supports The demand for air freight has grown steadily for a long time.

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