The Chinese government has announced plans to integrate transport and logistics in the country.
The action plan, approved by the State Council, includes establishing a “one waybill” transport system covering more than 80% of the country’s large ports and logistics parks.
The council is aiming to cut logistics costs and increase coverage of the distribution network by 10% by 2020.
“And by 2020, China will see a batch of competitive transportation and logistics enterprises and a new system with standardised facilities, networked information, a fair and orderly market and safe and effective operations,” said the council in a statement.
The one waybill system envisages “one stop” for transport, delivery and charging.
The council wants to create logistics hubs at railway terminals and ports and build “urban beltways” connecting urban areas and highways.
There are also plans to construct more railways and roads in Yangtze River and Pearl River delta regions.
Meanwhile, the council has also said it will set up a “leading group” to “advance reforms in government procurement of services”.
The group, to be based at the Ministry of Finance, will be led by vice premier Zhang Gaoli and include senior officials from ministries and the People’s Bank of China.
“The leading group is responsible for working on policies and measures for the reform, directing all regions and departments to push it forward, and addressing any trans-departmental and multi-field difficulties,” said the council, providing no further details.