SOURCE: Colliers International

April 08, 2015 05:51 ET

Crossing Borders, Changing Times

A New Model for International E-Commerce Has Strong Implications for China's Bonded Logistics Property Market

SHANGHAI, CHINA--(Marketwired - April 08, 2015) - Colliers International, a leading global real estate services provider, has released a white paper entitled Crossing Borders, Changing Times.

Several Chinese cities have been designated as pilots for cross-border e-commerce since the end of 2012, including Shanghai, Zhengzhou, Ningbo, Hangzhou, Chongqing and Guangzhou, with more to come. This relatively recent type of trade has already begun to create opportunities for the bonded logistics property market in Shanghai's Free Trade Zone. As the cross-border e-commerce sector continues to grow in China, these pilot cities will serve as both models for policy and a preview of the impact on bonded logistics property across China. Colliers International Research has assessed the impact of the cross-border e-commerce trade on Shanghai's Free Trade Zone to identify opportunities and challenges in this market.

Cross-border e-commerce is gaining popularity in China, allowing consumers to easily and directly shop online from merchants around world, with big tax savings, improved logistics and assured consumer protection.

"Cross-border e-commerce in China is still in the early stages. The central government's issuing of relevant policies and designating of pilot cities for cross-border e-commerce will certainly have massive implications for the country's logistics system and property market," commented Mr. Carlby Xie, National Director of Research, Colliers International China.

In the report, Colliers International analyses a new import model that is based on bonded online shopping. This new method relies on bonded logistics storage as a fundamental part of its implementation. As such, growth in cross-border e-commerce will directly translate into demand for bonded logistics storage.

The report notes that the increase in demand for bonded warehousing space driven by e-commerce is happening right as stocks of suitable property are dwindling. Demand is only expected to increase, with a series of new policies beneficial to foreign investors either issued or under consideration by the government. 

Mr. Xie concluded: "As cross-border e-commerce evolves, the implications for both prospective and existing landlords and tenants of bonded warehousing space in all pilot cities will be significant. From changes in everything from the range of products to shipping options, the apparently simple act of ordering a product from abroad will have deep and profound effects on the bonded logistics property market. Retailers, investors and developers with the right knowledge of policy, consumer behaviour, and the logistics industry will be well-placed to benefit."

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