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Consultancy Study: Hong Kong's Competitiveness as a Regional Distribution Centre

The Hong Kong Trade Development Council commissioned BMT, working together with the Li & Fung Institute of Supply Chain Management and Logistics (Chinese University of Hong Kong) to carry out a Consultancy Study on the competitiveness of Hong Kong as a Regional Distribution Centre.

The Requirement

Hong Kong is an important international trading and logistics hub in the Asia Pacific region given its strategic location, mature logistics industry and sophisticated infrastructure.

In particular, Hong Kong International Airport at Chek Lap Kok is the world's busiest airport in terms of air cargo handling.

Under China's 12th Five-year Plan, the Central government will support Hong Kong's development of high-value goods inventory management and regional distribution centres.

In view of this the Hong Kong Trade Development Council commissioned BMT, working together with the Li & Fung Institute of Supply

Chain Management and Logistics (Chinese University of Hong Kong) to carry out the Consultancy Study on Competitiveness of Hong Kong as a Regional Distribution Centre (RDC).

The study examined Hong Kong's strengths and weaknesses as an RDC, vis-a-vis other locations in the region, including Singapore, Shenzhen, Guangzhou, Shanghai, Taiwan and Seoul.

Our Approach

Consultants from BMT travelled to each study location to discuss with numerous stakeholders, including government officials, RDC service providers, manufacturers and other users.

Over 450 logistics executives and end-users were surveyed.

Together, the consultations and survey provided an in-depth understanding of the key issues, success factors and insights on the relative competitiveness of Asia's leading RDCs.

Outcome and Benefits

Such a large response base within a limited timeframe was only made possible due to BMT’s wide network and reputation.

Considering the challenges and opportunities ahead, and reinforced by statistical analysis of the survey results, BMT formulated balanced, strategic measures that Hong Kong should take to maintain a sustainable distribution industry.

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