Cainiao to use Saudia Cargo for Middle East bound e-commerce

Alibaba’s logistics division Cainiao is to use Saudia Cargo for e-commerce cargo flights from Hong Kong via Riyadh to Belgium. This is in response to growing consumer demand for direct purchases from China.

Middle Eastern countries are a growth market for Chinese e-commerce, with the market growing 20% year on year in terms of volumes. The new flights that will stop at Riyadh should get parcels to Middle East consumers in as few as 10 days.

William Xiong, Cainiao’s Chief Strategist and General Manager of Export Logistics said, “The partnership with Saudia Cargo is key to expanding our global logistics network to improve export efficiency. With the launch of new flights, both merchants and customers in China, Saudi Arabia and Europe will benefit from a better logistics experience. This new route will be one of the key elements to creating a seamless logistics network and increasing synergies between different regions.”

Commenting on this agreement with Cainiao, Saudia Cargo’s CEO Omar Hariri said, “This partnership is another significant milestone for Saudia Cargo. It is a confident step towards achieving our goals of turning the Kingdom into a modern global logistic hub. To become a central focal point that connects the east with the west by leveraging the Kingdom’s unique strategic location in the heart of world. This partnership will pave the way for open channels of global trade, which in turn, forms a massive contribution to the Saudi Vision 2030.”

“We are pleased to be working with Cainiao and look forward to more collaborations. Our new partnership assures customers of fast, flexible and cost-efficient solutions that will help businesses maximize resources while individual shoppers get more value for their money in these tough economic times,” Hariri noted.