Cainiao Network, the logistics arm of Alibaba Group, has opened a new warehouse at Liege Airport to meet e-commerce demand.
The 30,000 sq m warehouse is divided into two parts: a 12,000 sq m air cargo station for the rapid transit of goods for both export and import between the airside and the landside of the airport; and a 18,000 sq m parcel sorting center that organises parcels according to their destinations across Europe.
A four-storey office building with an area 3,000 sqm is adjacent to the warehouse.
The facility is Cainiao’s regional flagship sorting center for Europe, and forms a network with the national sorting centers in France, Germany, Italy and Spain.
The smart logistics hub is a key part of the agreement made in 2018 between Alibaba Group and the Belgian government to join the global Electronic World Trade Platform (eWTP) initiative, which aims to lower barriers to global trade for small and medium-sized businesses via e-commerce.
The e-commerce logistics business said that the warehouse is part of efforts to provide a more efficient and seamless cross-border logistics experience across Europe.