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Royal Mail Teams with China’s ZJS Express

Declining mail volume, import growth fuels business parcel-delivery partnership.

Royal Mail Group’s parcel branch is partnering with a leading Chinese express-delivery company for a new a business-to-business parcel delivery service.

The partnership brings Royal Mail’s General Logistics Systems and ZJS Express together in a new parcel delivery service called Euro Business Parcel. The new service will be marketed in China and offers Chinese businesses a well-priced, fully tracked business-to-business delivery service that transports shipments in three to five business days, Royal Mail reports.

The partnership makes sense with declining letter volume and a growing affinity for Chinese imports in Europe, officials note. China is the biggest exporter of products to Europe, accounting for 17.3 percent of total imports into the European Union.

“China is a key trading partner for Europe,” says Mark Thompson, managing director international of Royal Mail Group. “The China-to-Europe parcel market is growing rapidly. Last year, China was the biggest exporter of goods to the European Union. This presents us with a great opportunity to link our European operations with ZJS Express’ network for the benefit of Chinese businesses exporting to Europe.”

Declining letter volume has led Royal Mail to focus on generating profits from parcel deliveries, officials add. Last year, Royal Mail’s parcel business in the U.K. handled 1.2 billion packages, generating revenue of 4.2 billion pounds—48 percent of total group revenue, according to Royal Mail.

For the Chinese, the partnership means growing its solid reputation, says Chen Xianbao, president of ZJS Express.

“ZJS Express has a well-established, trusted reputation for providing high-quality next-day and two-day parcel service in China across provinces, cities, counties and districts from remote outposts such as Huoerguosi Port in Xingjing to great cities such as Shanghai and Xi’an,” Xianbao says. “This cooperation now enables us to meet our customers’ demands to extend our high-quality service to major European countries.”

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