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Rural delivery network to be further expanded

By LUO WANGSHU | China Daily | Updated: 2023-03-01 09:12
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A farmer hands a box of packaged vegetables to a deliveryman in Yixian county, Huangshan city, East China's Anhui province, Nov 24, 2022. [Photo/Xinhua]

After a three-year push by the State Post Bureau to expand the nationwide delivery network to include even the most remote parts of the country, some 95 percent of Chinese villages now have access with the rest to follow, the bureau said recently.

With over 100 billion parcels delivered in China last year, the bureau said that it intends to continue its expansion into rural areas this year, and also ensure that the rights of couriers are improved and protected.

China has 990 large parcel delivery centers in rural counties and 278,000 parcel delivery stations located in villages.

The bureau will focus on improving the parcel delivery system in rural counties, towns and villages to consolidate the achievements of the three-year campaign to promote the parcel delivery network in rural areas, said Hou Yanbo, spokesman for the bureau.

It will continue to build parcel delivery centers in counties and villages, and encourage various parcel delivery companies to share more resources in rural areas, he said.

In some rural areas, a single courier can handle parcels from different companies, saving costs and increasing benefits.

As almost all administrative villages across China have access to bus services, the bureau said it has encouraged placing parcels on scheduled buses to rural areas to reduce logistics costs.

Hou said there will also be a greater focus put on improving the protection of couriers' legal rights.

Enterprises have been asked to ensure that they sign work contracts with couriers and make social insurance contributions in accordance with the law. The bureau has also asked companies to come good with their promises to increase delivery fees in order to boost couriers' incomes.

Delivery companies have been encouraged to better handle complaints filed by customers, establishing a system for couriers to defend themselves against unfair complaints, and setting up a counseling hotline for couriers.

China's parcel delivery business has boomed in the past decade. Last year, the country handled 110.5 billion parcels, the most of any country in the world in terms of volume. Among them, about one-third of parcels were collected and delivered in rural areas.

Thanks to the expansion of the parcel delivery network, agricultural produce from rural areas can be delivered and sold more easily in cities, benefiting farmers and their businesses.

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