SF Express – drone license and Melbourne service station

SF Express officially announced the opening of its first Australia service station in Melbourne early this month, and has also been given a drone operating license in China.

Regarding the Melbourne service station, SF Express said that it had been delivering parcels to Australia since 2014 but the new station “will be able to expand its service offerings and provide export delivery services that cover many destinations throughout the Asia-Pacific region”.

It continued, “SF Express’s new foray into Australia aims to help more Australian customers expand their businesses to the rest of the Asia-Pacific region, particularly for cross-border e-commerce and cold chain logistics customers.”

Kenneth Xu, head of Sales and Marketing from SF Express Australia, commented: “We are excited to set up operations in Australia as the country has a long history of close trade ties with China , given its large percentage of ethnic Chinese and its strategic location within the Asia-Pacific region. Australia is well known for its wine, beef, and dairy exports, and its premium brands appeal to a growing demographic of middle class consumers in China. We hope that we can benefit from growing trade ties and cross-border e-commerce between Australia and China.”

In other SF Express news, the company has been granted a domestic drone operator by China’s civil aviation authority, the CAAC.

According to sources, the licence has been officially granted to SF’s subsidiary Jiangxi Fengyu Shuntu.

The licence will entitle the company to operate drones in CAAC’s designated pilot zones.

SF Express was quoted as saying: “This means that China’s drone logistics distribution is entering the legal operation phase. It is a milestone in the development of China’s logistics drones and it is also a recognition of SF’s logistics distribution and operation capabilities.

“SF Express will use aviation drones to connect aviation logistics networks through our three-stage air transport network.

“This consists of aircraft, large-scale drones and final-mile drones, which will allow us to achieve 36-hour access nationwide.”