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China’s ports help sustain supply chain, experts say — April 8, 2020

China’s ports help sustain supply chain, experts say

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QINGDAO, Apr 8 (FAM) – Major ports in coastal areas of China have restored their operations to roughly the pre-COVID-19 level, which will help sustain the global supply chain that has been hit hard by the pandemic, experts said.

While doing their part to contain the spread of the novel coronavirus in China, the nation’s enterprises are making equal efforts to resume their business and operations. China’s coastal harbors are becoming busy again with giant vessels flowing through, heavy cranes being operated and container trucks shuttling back and forth.

Forwarders are adapting, BIFA insists —

Forwarders are adapting, BIFA insists

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LONDON, Apr 8 (FAM) – The British International Freight Association (BIFA) has defended freight forwarders against any suggestion that they are not adapting to the new requirements and opportunities presented by the digital age, arguing that even the smallest agents are modernising their businesses and processes.

The traditional ‘modus operandi’ of forwarders was now outdated, Robert Keen, director general of the British International Freight Association responded that he believed all of BIFA’s 1,500 members would agree that freight forwarders must adapt to succeed, adding that his personal evidence on his visits to BIFA members “suggests their businesses are adapting constantly”.

Furlough funding needed now to keep freight firms trading, says FTA —

Furlough funding needed now to keep freight firms trading, says FTA

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LONDON, Apr 8 (FAM) – The Freight Transport Association (FTA) has yesterday written to the UK government to request urgent clarity on the COVID-19 furloughing scheme, as well as other financial arrangements for businesses facing hardship and collapse as a result of the current pandemic.

In a joint letter to the Chancellor of the Exchequer and the Business Secretary, FTA CEO David Wells has called for reassurance from government on the resilience of its furloughing scheme, as well as the speed at which payments can be made.

Beijing-Xiong’an Railway set to open by end of 2020 —

Beijing-Xiong’an Railway set to open by end of 2020

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BEIJING, Apr 8 (FAM) – The Beijing-Xiong’an intercity railway is expected to start joint debugging and commissioning tests in September and enter service by the end of this year. The railway will have a total length of 92.4 kilometers, linking the capital, Daxing Airport and Xiong’an New Area through only a 30-minute ride, according to a report from Beijing Daily.

The Xiong’an Station project started in December 2018 and is expected to put into operation by the end of 2020. The station has adopted a number of intelligent design concepts and smart construction technologies, for the first large-scale public facility built in Xiong’an New Area.

China Railway Corp sends 1st medical teams to Nigeria —

China Railway Corp sends 1st medical teams to Nigeria

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BEIJING, Apr 8 (FAM) – China Railway Construction Corp, one of the country’s two biggest rail construction contractors by sales revenue, will send the first group of medical teams with experience in fighting COVID-19 to Nigeria on Wednesday to help with the country’s battle against the virus.

The 15-member team was selected from the group’s affiliated hospitals. They are scheduled to work in Nigeria for 30 days and will provide necessary medical aid and guidance on epidemic prevention and control to the railway’s Chinese and Nigerian employees in the West African country.

17 trains set to leave Wuhan for Shanghai —

17 trains set to leave Wuhan for Shanghai

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WUHAN, Apr 8 (FAM) – Seventeen trains will leave Wuhan, once the epicenter of the novel coronavirus outbreak in China, for Shanghai on Wednesday as railway services resume on the day the capital of Hubei Province lifts its travel restrictions, China Railway Shanghai Group said on Tuesday.

About 2,300 tickets on these trains have been sold so far, the group said.

5G unmanned delivery car put into use at Beijing Institute of Technology —

5G unmanned delivery car put into use at Beijing Institute of Technology

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BEIJING, Apr 8 (FAM) – A 5G unmanned delivery car was put into use at the Beijing Institute of Technology, which can measure the temperature of people entering the campus, recognise facial information, and also can conduct no-touch delivery.

Meanwhile, the southwestern Chinese municipality of Chongqing has a total of 16,918 technology-based enterprises in 2019, up 53.4 percent year-on-year, according to local authorities.

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