Royal Mail Partnership for Chinese Imports to EU
Get ready for more competition from Chinese online retailers. Royal Mail Group has announced that GLS, its European parcels business, is forming an alliance with ZJS Express, one of the leading Chinese express companies. The partnership will provide a new, fully tracked, business-to-business parcel delivery service from China to Europe, including the UK.
GLS will provide a gateway for Chinese exporters to Europe with its service delivery platform and logistics technology. ZJS will become a GLS global partner, bringing China-wide coverage and local knowledge. The association will trade in China as Euro Business Parcel, a GLS established service brand. Parcelforce Worldwide will act as its UK delivery arm. Euro Business Parcel has a maximum weight band of 50kg.
ZJS Express has an extensive network covering more than 2,000 villages, towns and cities throughout the People’s Republic of China. The collaboration aims to enable ZJS Express to build on its weekly 7-day collection domestic offering to enable its customers to reach European partners.
Euro Business Parcel aim to provide value-for-money, express services for less time sensitive items with delivery typically between 3 and 5 business days from China to Europe, including end-to-end tracking from collection through to delivery. The China to rest of the world delivery market is largely made up of high-premium express delivery providers offering delivery within two to three days.
Parcels for Europe will be distributed by airfreight to London or Frankfurt via the major trading centres of Beijing, Shanghai and Shenzhen.
This could be good for you if you’re importing stock from China in smaller quantities and aren’t ready to start using container import services.
This could be bad for you if it results in more competition from Chinese suppliers listing directly on marketplaces or targetting consumers from Chinese retailer websites, with marketplaces being the most serious threat.