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Interesting account of the problems of distributing goods around the world’s second largest economy. Basically, it’s prohibitively expensive for many shippers, for a range of reasons – provincial taxes, corrupt officials and some of the highest road toils in the world. Players such as DHL, FedEx and UPS have either been shut out of China, or have voluntarily left – as TNT recently did. However, domestic transport operator Shunfeng Express, which has emulated its western counterpart, shows how success can be found in the world’s fastest growing express market.

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