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WCA, Alibaba partner on cross-border e-commerce shipments

LBR Staff Writer Published 13 January 2017

Global logistics network WCA is collaborating with China's Alibaba on cross-border ecommerce shipments.

The co-operation deal will allow approved WCA member companies to integrate into the Alibaba.com logistics platform for cross-border e-commerce shipments.

WCA will offer its professional support in inspecting and approving international logistics providers to provide logistics services for the customers of Alibaba.com.

The collaboration, which will start in this month, will facilitate Alibaba.com’s members to make shipments to the export markets such as the US, India and the UK.

Approved providers will be provided with full access to compete for logistics orders generated on the Alibaba.com platform.

Both have agreed parameters and standards of service, in addition to providing participants with protection scheme that includes compensation for qualifying transactions.

WCA chairman David Yokeum said: “Alibaba.com has shown both determination and innovation in forming this partnership and we fully expect the business to flourish.”

Alibaba Logistics director Steve Su said: "We are thrilled to partner with WCA, a global network with well-connected global resources, to provide fast and convenient shipping options for our members.

“We are committed to offering premium services to global SMEs on our platform who are looking to scale up their business presence through cross-border trading. We are confident partnering with a leading global logistics alliance such as WCA will help us achieve that goal.”

WCA is a network of independent freight forwarders, which has around 1,300 logistics offices in about 189 countries across the globe.

Alibaba.com, which is the first business of Alibaba Group, allows small businesses to sell their products to companies in other countries.

Image: WCA chairman David Yokeum signs the cooperation agreement with Alibaba Logistics director Steve Su in Hangzhou, China. Photo: courtesy of WCA, Ltd.