SF Express, how China’s express industry leader goes global

Last year’s US election was such a dramatic spectacle that it was comparable to a live election show. Locally on November 4, the USA TODAY ballot counting screen suddenly showed a SF Express.

Screenshot from the US media live stream

With its current efficiency and reputation, SF is the leader in China’s express industry.


According to media reports, Americans overseas can use international delivery services to return their mail-in ballots to the US or to US embassies and consulates. An American in China told the Global Times on Thursday under the condition of anonymity that he used EMS to deliver his ballot on October 9 from China’s Macao Special Administrative Region and it arrived in California on October 15.

DHL, UPS and FedEx have all grown into giants in the international logistics industry after decades or even centuries of precipitation, and their industry experience, financial resources and developed global logistics networks are far beyond the reach of SF Express.

  • DHL was founded in 1969 and currently employs over 285,000 people worldwide, with over 450 transshipment centers, warehouses and distribution depots and 420 aircraft;
  • Federal Express (FEDEX) was established in 1971 and now has over 138,000 employees, 50,000 delivery points, 671 aircraft and 41,000 vehicles worldwide;
  • UPS was established in 1907 and now has 108,210 delivery vehicles, 657 aircraft and serves more than 220 countries and territories.
  • SF Express was founded in 1993, and as of December 19, it has only 58 cargo planes, a difference of dozens of times with the other three.
Three major multinational express logistics companies

Statistics show that in 2018, the three major multinational express logistics companies accounted for 90% of the global market share of international express, the revenue is several times that of SF.

In terms of the global logistics network, the first three international express have a developed logistics network, collection, transport and delivery of their own processing.

And SF International? Take shipping to the US for example, the first half of the collection and transportation is handled by SF Express itself, while the second half relies on UPS’s logistics network for operations

Without independent customs clearance capabilities and its own delivery network, it is difficult to achieve the desired stability in terms of timeliness and user experience.

No trade or entity or even service industry can be separated from logistics. Logistics causes trade to develop and trade drives a country’s economy.Only when SF has its own global logistics delivery network and perfect service system, can it really go to the international market and compete with several other old international couriers, and this day, SF needs to go a long long way.

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