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Cainiao Network launches central hub for European market at Liege airport

BELGIUM/CHINA. Alibaba Group logistics arm Cainiao Network has introduced the opening of the primary warehouse of the Liege eWTP hub. It is positioned at Liege Airport in Belgium and can play a key function in Cainiao serving the European market. 

The sensible logistics hub is a cental a part of an settlement made in 2018 between Alibaba Group and the Belgian authorities to affix the worldwide Electronic World Trade Platform (eWTP) initiative. It goals to decrease obstacles to international commerce for small and medium-sized companies through ecommerce.

Guests together with Cainiao Network Vice President Eric Xu (second from left) carry out the official opening ceremony of the brand new logistics hub

Cainiao stated it selected Liege Airport to construct the hub for its central place in Europe, environment friendly infrastructure, logistics experience and the area’s pool of expertise.

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Construction of the brand new warehouse, designed by Belgian architects, began in late 2019 and commenced operations not too long ago after a collection of profitable trials.

Already greater than 200 direct jobs have been created at the warehouse, with that quantity anticipated to rise to 900 when it reaches full scale, together with development of extra warehouse services.

Liege Airport will obtain an rising variety of Cainiao cargo planes as the brand new logistics hub ramps up

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Cainiao famous that the financial stimulus to the native financial system will likely be magnified by means of the creation of many extra jobs in ongoing development work, upkeep, logistics and operations.

The 30,000sq m warehouse is split into two elements. Firstly, a 12,000sq m air cargo station for the fast transit of products for each export and import between the airside and the landside of the airport; and a 18,000sq m parcel sorting centre that organises parcels in response to their locations throughout Europe.

A four-storey workplace constructing with an space 3,000sq m is adjoining to the warehouse.

The facility is supplied with Cainiao’s newest logistics digital applied sciences reminiscent of Cainiao LEMO PDA, a light-weight handhold operations terminal designed and developed by Cainiao as a way to digitise the stream of products.

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Eric Xu outlines the advantages of the brand new logistics hub for cross-border commerce at the official opening occasion

Liege Airport CEO Frédéric Jacquet stated: “The arrival of the Cainiao eWTP Liege Hub underlines the importance of Liege Airport as a vital link in international trade and a key platform for ecommerce.”

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He added: “Alongside general cargo and express, ecommerce represents a diversification opportunity for the airport but also the promise of job development which is one of the reasons that our company exists. Cainiao is an ambitious and innovative partner, a partner who pushes us to reinvent ourselves and to be better.”

Cainiao Network CEO Wan Lin stated: “We are grateful to fully become a part in this community of logistics players surrounding Liege Airport, a leading cargo airport in Europe. Together with our European partners, we will build the future of smart logistics, of inclusive global trade and contribute to the future of a community with immense potential here in Belgium, starting with this eWTP Hub.”

Cainiao works carefully with European logistics corporations, boosting cross-border commerce through an intra-Europe trucking community that covers greater than 30 international locations.

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