Recently, Shandong provincial government rolled out a series of measures to promote the integrated development of domestic and foreign trade and create a new height for opening-up. Outbound international postal and express services have therefore secured policy support. The measures proposed to build a modern logistics network connecting both domestic and international markets, create a “Shandong Model” of multimodal transportation, and effectively develop new businesses of shipping ecommerce items and mail items by China-Europe freight trains to boost international delivery and logistics. They also suggested building airport express distribution centers and regional distribution centers. Besides, the measures supported postal cargo planes to take off and land at airports across the province, and cross-border mail and express items from outside the province to be transferred and delivered via Shandong. They also encouraged enterprises to build or rent overseas warehouses to serve cross-border delivery of products originated from within the province.
In recent years, Shandong Postal Branch has conscientiously implemented the duties and missions assigned by the provincial government and taken the lead in building Shandong into a postal and logistics center of northeast Asia. It has fully coordinated and integrated the air, sea and railway transportation resources within Shandong province, and dynamically laid out and constructed direct channels for international mail, express and logistics in Shandong. Not long ago, Shandong Postal Branch opened the "Qingdao-USA" sea route. The cargo loaded in a 40-foot container departed from Qingdao International Mail Exchange Office, and was shipped from the Huangdao Port in Qingdao to the Port of Oakland, California, USA, where it completed customs clearance and truck delivery. As is reported, this year, Shandong Postal Branch will focus on building three direct airmail channels connecting Shandong with the United States, Canada, and Russia, as well as two direct sea channels to Australia and Canada, so as to accelerate expanding new channels for outbound international mail and express services, and improve its cross-border delivery capacity, thus facilitating the integrated development of domestic and foreign trade in the province.