Cainiao Launches Economy Sea Freight Route
Cainiao Network, the logistics arm of Alibaba Group, today announced the launch of its economy sea freight route to connect Ningbo, China to Bangkok, Thailand, amid surging e-commerce demand from shoppers in the region.
Operating three times weekly, the dedicated e-commerce sea freight route will service orders placed on Tmall and Taobao, two of Alibaba’s e-commerce platforms, with delivery as fast as 15 days. This service is launched in addition to the existing trucking service to Thailand in order to provide consumers with a cheaper shipping option, bringing about almost 50 per cent reduction in shipping costs, from US$2.6/kg to US$1.4/kg.
The economy service was launched after assessing local consumers’ preference for more economical shipping options, coupled with their purchasing behavior which typically reflected higher purchasing frequency of small and light items online. The provision of a cheaper shipping option meant that shipping cost remains small relative to the item cost, thereby reducing the barriers to purchase.
Here, parcels designated for Thailand will first be sorted in Cainiao’s consolidation warehouse in Yiwu, China before they are being transported to Ningbo port for sea shipping. Upon arrival in Bangkok’s port, the parcels will be handled by Cainiao’s logistics partners for local distribution and delivery.
According to J.P. Morgan’s latest Payments Trends Report for Thailand in 2020, Thailand’s B2C eCommerce market has been growing steadily since 2017, and is now worth US$27.7 billion. Growth is expected to continue at a compound annual growth rate (CAGR) of 7.7 per cent to 2023. Here, cross-border e-commerce takes almost 30 per cent of the overall eCommerce market in Thailand, with almost half of online consumers have already made a purchase from abroad.