The Chinese export industry is undergoing constant structural adjustments, with a growing demand for regional trade cooperation, leading to an increased need for specialized freight services.
Since 2023, the international shipping price index has been consistently declining, with ports experiencing a surplus of empty containers and a continuous drop in export delivery values. However, in the first half of 2023, China's exports saw a cumulative growth of 0.3%, notably in March and April with growth rates of 14.8% and 8.5%, respectively, far exceeding market expectations. One major reason is that China still maintains a significant price advantage in many of its export products. For example, due to factors such as the Russia-Ukraine conflict and earthquakes in Turkey, steel production around the world witnessed a significant decline in 2023. In April, global crude steel production dropped by 2.4% year-on-year, with the EU experiencing an 11.7% decrease and Turkey a 20.6% decrease. However, as China's steel export prices are lower than international levels, it has driven the growth of China's steel exports and contributed to its rapid export expansion. Simultaneously, China continues to optimize and upgrade its export industry structure. Chinese exports of new energy vehicles have shifted from having a "cost-performance" advantage to a "high-end" advantage, with an increasing capacity for premium pricing. The overseas pricing for many vehicle models is significantly higher than in China. Additionally, other types of new energy products like lithium batteries and solar panels have experienced rapid export growth, with new energy products boosting China's overall export growth rate by 1.9 percentage points. Furthermore, China's active participation in regional trade, ongoing deepening of economic and trade cooperation with various countries, and the manifestation of the "Belt and Road" initiative have all contributed to the increased momentum in China's export growth. This is particularly evident in the case of China's exports to ASEAN countries and Russia. Due to China's evolving export industry structure and the rising demand for regional trade cooperation, China's export companies have continuously increased their requirements for freight services. In this volatile market environment, companies like Mail Boxes Etc. are essential as they offer more efficient, reliable, and customized freight services to meet the growing needs of Chinese businesses. MBE provides various types of enterprises in China with professional logistics and transportation options, rigorous cargo tracking and supply chain management, as well as flexible logistics solutions tailored to different products and target markets. (Photo: iStock)
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