Hong Kong International Airport (HKIA) operator, Airport Authority Hong Kong (AAHK), has signed an agreement with the Dongguan Port Group to establish a joint venture to develop HKIA Dongguan Logistics Park in Mainland China.
The new facility will handle sea-air cargo transhipments being transported between Hong Kong and Dongguan.
When completed, cargo security screening, palletisation and airline acceptance for export cargo of Greater Bay Area (GBA) can be completed upstream in Dongguan, with all procedures complying with Hong Kong’s air cargo regulations.
The cargo will then be shipped by vessel to the airside of HKIA for direct uplift to overseas destinations as transhipments. Vice versa, international shipments can also be imported to Mainland China via HKIA and the logistics park.
Today’s news follows the success of a pilot sea-air transhipment initiative launched in April 2023, which AAHK notes has worked smoothly and efficiently.
According to AAHK, the annual handling capacity of the model will reach over one million tonnes of cargo upon completion of the first phase of development, which spans an area of 20 hectares.
To further improve the cargo handling efficiency and security, a wide array of digitalised and highly-automated facilities will be introduced at the logistics park, which include Autonomous Guided Vehicles (AGV) and customised containers.
AAHK has established a wholly-owned subsidiary, for the planning, management and operation of the logistics park, in accordance with the agreement signed with Dongguan Port Group.
Cissy Chan, AAHK’s executive director for commercial, said: “We are pleased to sign the agreement with our Dongguan partners for the development of HKIA Dongguan Logistics Park, which not only expands the hinterland for HKIA’s cargo business, but also brings new growth opportunities for trade, logistics, and other relevant industries of Hong Kong and the entire GBA.
“We believe this project can further strengthen HKIA’s role as a double gateway connecting the GBA with the world.”
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