Consolidated services from the Zhuhai/Zhongshan area to Hong Kong
In February 2019, the Chinese government announcedthe Greater Bay Area Initiative, in which Guangdong, Hong Kong and Macau as part of a single economic zone will constitute one of the world’s largest bay areas, alongside Tokyo and New York, by 2035. Situated within the Greater Bay Area, Nippon Express (H.K.) Co., Ltd. (hereinafter, “NEHK”) early on saw this effort as a major business opportunity and began undertaking a variety of projects, one of which was the launch of consolidated services utilizing the Hong Kong-Zhuhai-Macao Bridge (opened in October of last year and extending a total of 55km; hereinafter, “HZMB”) that links up Hong Kong with Zhuhai and Macau.
- Consolidated service via Hong Kong-Zhuhai-Macao Bridge
- Transport between Hong Kong and Zhuhai previously required about five hours along a 190km ground route or a full day via a maritime route, but using the HZMB closes the distance between the two cities to about 60km. Substantially shrinking the lead time also makes things more convenient for customers using late-night flights from Hong Kong Airport. Fares are about 20% lower than those for the normal ground route. There are also moves underway to simplify customs clearance, quarantine and other procedures in the Greater Bay Area, and future demand is expected to grow accordingly. These streamlined procedures apply first to traffic flow from Zhuhai to Hong Kong, but they are subsequently to be made available on the reverse route from Hong Kong to Zhuhai/Zhongshan as well.