Oriental Giant Port:
Ningbo, a strategic port city, today has been shifting itself into an international transport linkage and the logistics hub in the south flank of Yangtze River Delta.
■The Port of Ningbo is China’s second largest port, one of the world’s few natural harbors and one of the four major deep-water transshipment ports in China. Currently it has over 309 diversified berths including 33 berths accessible for vessels ranging from 50, 000 dwt to over 250,000 dwt. Alongside the waterfront sit a crude oil terminal for 250,000 dwt cargo vessels, an iron ore terminal for 200,000 dwt vessels, dedicated container terminal able to receive sixth generation containers and dedicated liquefied chemical terminal for 50,000 dwt vessels. The port has connected to over 600 destinations worldwide in 100 odd countries and regions.
■Today the top 20 global shipping companies all have their branches in the NETD. So far the container lines have topped 204 with 113 regular major lines. The international container lines represented 80% of the total cargos traded in Ningbo Port. The monthly call of container reached 900.
■In 2007 the port handled 345 million tons of cargo, ranking second in Mainland China only after Shanghai. The container throughput amounted to 9.35 million TEUs, up 32%, ranking fourth in Mainland China, maintaining 30% of growth rate for consecutive 10 years. By Nov. of 2008, the container throughput of Ningbo Port had exceeded 10 million TEUs.
■Centering Ningbo on stream are four international airports covering Ningbo Lishe Airport, Hangzhou Xiaoshan Airport, Shanghai Hongqiao Airport and Shanghai Pudong Airport. Ningbo Lishe Airport is 4E Grade with 30-odd lines opened to bulk domestic cities, including Hong Kong, Macao, Taiwan and Seoul. It takes only 25 minutes from Ningbo to Shanghai by air. In the zone the four top courier companies UPS, FedEx, DHL and TNT have their branches. The direct customs clearance and direct international air freight is available in the zone.
■In 2007, Ningbo Lishe Airport carried 3.3 million passengers, ensuring 31,500 flights and 55,700 tons of freights.
■Starting from the NETD, via Ningbo-Xiaoshan Railway, Hangzhou-Shanghai Railway and Zhejiang-Jiangxi Railway and Xuancheng-Hangzhou Railway, the railway further links with the national main railway network.
■Ningbo light rail network is now under construction, which will extend to the NETD in 2015.
■The expressway in the NETD connects with Shanghai-Hangzhou-Ningbo Expressway, Ningbo-Jinhua Expressway, Ningbo-Taizhou Expressway and Hangzhou Bay Bridge. The expressway network covers all points in the NETD, with a total length of 326 kilometers. Hangzhou Bay Bridge, with a total investment of RMB17 billion, was open to traffic in May 2008, cutting the distance to 2-hour drive from Shanghai to NETD.
■The dedicated Daqi-Port Expressway is to be completed while the expressway surrounding Downtown and Chuanshan-Port Expressway is under construction.
■Thanks to its sound public transport facilities, travel within the zone and out of the zone is pretty convenient. 12 bus lines including 550, 788 and 783 facilitate the arrival of Downtown Ningbo.