China’s EHL International Logistics Co. and Edmonton International Airport (EIA) recently signed an agreement making the airport EHL’s new North American logistics consolidation centre for goods, including e-commerce, moving between China and North America.
EHL, a subsidiary of the Henan Provincial Government, will operate its North American flights from Zhengzhou, Henan to Edmonton and continue to the US. Trial B747-400F flights through Edmonton are already underway, in preparation for an expanded freighter schedule.[pullquote]Edmonton is the ideal location for expanding air cargo business between China and North America due to its geography, local expertise in transportation and logistics, and government leadership.” – William Wang, Maple Horizons president.[/pullquote]
Key sectors set to benefit from the EHL-EIA partnership are agri-food and manufacturing. Maple Horizons is a Canadian company active in the cross-border e-commerce market in China and has acted as a critical catalyst for the partnership. For small- and medium-sized companies, like Maple Horizons, the hub at EIA will accelerate access to and from China-Canada markets through global e-commerce, the airport said.
“Edmonton is the ideal location for expanding air cargo business between China and North America due to its geography, local expertise in transportation and logistics, and government leadership,” said William Wang, Maple Horizons president.
“The city is one of the best places to do business in Canada, and is a strong base for e-commerce distribution across North America. We are excited to partner with EIA and EHL to build the China-Canada logistics solutions of tomorrow.”
The city of Zhengzhou is the provincial capital of Henan Province which is the central government’s pilot zone for cross border e-commerce. Over 70 per cent of China’s air-cargo perishables move through the province of over 100 million people. Zhengzhou is located within two hours of one billion people.
“Henan is a key link to China’s Belt and Road Initiative, and EHL is committed to develop trade links between China, Canada, and US through our distribution centre in Edmonton,” said Ziqiang Ma, EHL president.
“We chose Edmonton because of the ideal location, logistics infrastructure and strong partnerships with EIA and Maple Horizons. We believe that through this, we can increase trade and cooperation between China and North America.
“EHL is grateful for the partnership with Edmonton International Airport and Maple Horizons, and the support of the municipal governments of Zhengzhou and Edmonton, the provincial governments of Henan and Alberta,” Ma adds.
EHL is the latest addition to EIA’s Airport City – a growing business and innovation hub that benefits from its Foreign Trade Zone designation, which reduces trade barriers and enhances access to Canadian markets. Industries already present in Airport City include: entertainment, e-commerce, retail, hospitality, cargo/logistics, bio-pharma, light manufacturing and many other industries.
“We welcome EHL to EIA’s Airport City and the new construction investment, jobs and trade opportunities it brings to the Edmonton Metro Region and Alberta,” says Tom Ruth, EIA president and CEO.
“This significant agreement builds from EIA’s strong track record of driving successful trade and commerce between China and North America, solidifying EIA as a major international trade hub.”