China to press for air cargo liberalisation
China will push for further liberalisation of its air cargo market to help boost trade flows and expand economic activity.
November 10, 2014
China will push for further liberalisation of its air cargo market to help boost trade flows and expand economic activity. “China, as the biggest exporting country in international trade, relies heavily on air cargo business. We are taking a proactive attitude towards air cargo liberalisation,” said HanJun, director general, Civil Aviation Administration of China (CAAC). “We will follow the international trend of liberalisation, particularly for cargo development,” he said to a CAACsponsored Air Cargo Development Forum.
According to Han, the agreement for cargo services between China and the US already includes the open skies element, ahead of passenger arrangements and before any other of 115 air-service agreements the country had signed. Of the agreements signed with 114 countries and the ASEAN, 21 have introduced unlimited capacity entitlements for all cargo services while eight allow transiting for cargo traffic destined for third-party countries.
Wang Zhiqing, deputy chief of CAAC, said China would seek to liberalise its cargo market in a “positive, gradual, moderate and secure manner”. He said, “We will lower access requirements as appropriate and also encourage Chinese airlines to expand their international routes to more domestic points, work with foreign operators to create international routes.”