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With China’s domestic express market predicted to continue to boom as the numbers of internet shoppers sharply increases, the way may become open for foreign express providers to capture significant market share. Despite the fierce price competition that followed DHL’s 2009 entry – and subsequently forced it to exit the market last year – domestic operators are struggling to respond to demand and service levels remain low, creating greater opportunity for the big international operators. The remaining question is whether they will be awarded permits to operate.

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