AirAsia’s logistics unit partners Alibaba’s Cainiao for cross-border deliveries

Teleport China Sales Manager Archie Chen, Teleport China Operation Lead Simon Chen,Teleport China Country Head Ying Li, Director for Tmall Export Line Haul Logistics at Cainiao Kenny Wu, Airasia CEO of Hong Kong and Macau Celia Lao and AirAsia Head of Airport and Connectivity Department of Hong Kong and Macau Ricky Chan with the AirAsia cargo-only flight that departed from Shenzhen to Kota Kinabalu on 11 November 2020.

Teleport, the logistics tech venture of Malaysia-based budget carrier AirAsia has partnered with Cainiao, the logistics arm of Alibaba, to deliver cross-border orders made on Tmall Taobao, Alibaba’s e-commerce platform.

The partnership will initially connect Shenzhen and Guangzhou in China with Kota Kinabalu, Sabah, a main hub in East Malaysia, according to a statement on Thursday.

“Give that Teleport has worked closely with Cainiao for chartered cargo-only flights, it only seems fitting to continue this as a long-term partnership to deliver parcels across China to East Malaysia,” Teleport CEO Pete Chareonwongsak said. “By tapping into Teleport’s robust technology integration between the two platforms and AirAsia’s regional network, we can enable e-commerce delivery across Southeast Asia from multiple cities in China.”

Through this partnership with Cainiao, Teleport will provide an end-to-end delivery experience in 24 hours.

“The establishment of a direct Malaysia-China e-commerce logistics service is a continued affirmation of our investment into the region. With the rise in e-commerce and cross-border trade activities, delivery efficiency will become increasingly crucial for business success and the growth of economies,” Kenny Wu, director for Tmall Export Line Haul Logistics at Cainiao said, “This partnership with Teleport will help to streamline customs clearance and improve freight stability as we continue to work towards our goal of delivering globally within 72 hours.”

The first cargo-only flight with orders from Tmall departed from Shenzhen, China to Kota Kinabalu, Sabah during the biggest sale event of the year — November 11 2020, otherwise known as 11.11 or Double 11.

Teleport, on July 15, announced that it has expanded its services to provide customs clearance services for cross-border e-commerce in East Malaysia.

AirAsia, Asia’s largest budget carrier, has been aggressively expanding its non-airline businesses — e-commerce, logistics, restaurants, and food delivery — as its airline business is badly-hit by the COVID-19 pandemic.

Founded in 2018, Teleport is a venture under AirAsia Digital, building out the cargo and logistics ambitions for AirAsia. Teleport aims to enable small merchants and large companies to move goods and e-commerce anywhere in Southeast Asia and beyond.

Its online platforms also partner with merchants to deliver creations, food, fresh produce, and essentials.

Founded in 2013, Cainiao Smart Logistics Network is a technology company and the logistics affiliate of Alibaba Group. It adopts a collaborative approach to logistics with an innovative and open data platform that improves efficiency and customer experience for all players along the supply chain. It aims to deliver anywhere in China within 24 hours, and across the globe within 72 hours.

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