Cargo Handling

New agreement sees Hacis expand into western PRD

Hong Kong Air Cargo Industry Services Limited (Hacis) – the value-added logistics arm of cargo handler Hactl – and Chu Kong Shipping Enterprises (Group) Company Limited (CKS) have entered into a strategic partnership for development of joint logistics activity throughout the western part of the Pearl River Delta (PRD).

The first project will be the opening of a new inland cargo depot in Zhuhai Free Trade Zone, in collaboration with CKS subsidiary Civet (Zhu Hai) Logistics, which operates its own port facility in Zhuhai Free Trade Zone. This brings the number of Hacis depots in southern mainland China to nine.

Hacis’ latest depot will enable it to realise its long-stated ambition to further develop its SuperLink China Direct (SLCD) road feeder service network, and establish a strong local presence in the Zhuhai area, to take full advantage of the imminent opening of the Hong Kong-Zhuhai-Macao Bridge (HZMB). The depot will cover the Macau and Zhuhai conurbations.

All Hacis depots are linked with Hong Kong International Airport (HKIA) via scheduled express road feeders. The opening of the new bridge will slash trucking times between the western PRD and HKIA by around two thirds.

The western PRD is home to many electronics manufacturers and technology companies. Currently, many of these are heavy users of ocean freight. Hacis and CKS have identified the potential to convert much of this traffic to airfreight, once the opening of the HZMB provides a faster and more cost-effective connection to HKIA.

Hacis managing director, Vivien Lau (pictures above left) said: “Hacis has a long-term plan to expand its SLCD services to the western PRD, further enhancing HKIA as a regional air cargo hub and transshipment centre. This new depot will enable us to fully support airlines wishing to extend their networks to the cities in western PRD.”

“Civet’s advantageous location next to the HZMB, and its considerable experience in running port facilities in Zhuhai, makes it an ideal partner to maximise SLCD’s opportunities in the area,” she adds.

Chu Kong Shipping Enterprises (Group) Company Limited director and vice general manager, Roger Cheng said: “The partnership with Hacis will further promote multi-modal logistics in the western PRD, and assist in the development of the Greater Bay Area, in line with Central Government Policy. We are also exploring mutual cooperation in other ports such as Doumen.”