Hong Kong is a premier logistics hub and springboard to and from the Mainland, thanks to its strategic location, world-class infrastructure and multi-modal transportation links. In recent years it has strived to develop high value-added maritime services and modern logistics. The Government will continue to consolidate and enhance Hong Kong's position as an international aviation hub, international maritime centre and regional logistics hub, with a view to promoting the economy's sustainable growth.
- Hong Kong International Airport (HKIA) has always been one of the world busiest international passenger airports and busiest cargo gateways. At present, more than 120 airlines operate more than 1 100 flights daily to over 220 destinations around the globe.
- The Airport Authority Hong Kong (AAHK) commenced the construction of the three-runway system of the HKIA in August 2016 to meet long-term air traffic demand and is scheduled for completion by 2024.
Hong Kong International Airport
- Airlines in Hong Kong and the Mainland may progressively operate intermodal code-sharing services among Pearl River Delta (PRD) cities. A passenger travelling by air may take another means of transport (high speed ferries and cross-boundary buses) using the same air ticket, which will assist in travel planning.
- AAHK plans to enhance its intermodal facilities and provide air-to-bridge/bridge-to-air bonded bus service, which connects passengers from PRD region via the Hong Kong-Zhuhai-Macao Bridge for outbound flight directly to the restricted area of HKIA direct. Overseas visitors can also benefit from the service.
- The Government is studying the feasibility of enhancing cross-boundary helicopter services between Hong Kong and PRD cities.
- To facilitate the development of air cargo industry, land has been reserved in the South Cargo Precinct so as to support the growth in transhipment, cross-boundary e-commerce and high value-added air cargo business. Among others, a land in Kwo Lo Wan was awarded in June 2018 for development of cross-boundary e-commerce and related businesses. Target for commencement of operation is 2023.
- The AAHK has set up the Hong Kong International Aviation Academy to nurture aviation talents.
- Through the dedicated concessionary tax regime for aircraft leasing, the Government promotes the development of aircraft leasing, aviation financing and other related businesses in Hong Kong.
- The AAHK is actively taking forward the 'SKYCITY' development project by building an integrated retail, dining and entertainment destination so as to enrich travellers' experience and become a unique tourism attraction.
Port development and logistics industry
Kwai Tsing Container Terminals
- The Hong Kong Port is one of the world's top ten busiest container ports.
- Hong Kong has a natural deep-water harbour. The nine Kwai Tsing Container Terminals provide 24 berths operating round-the-clock. There are about 340 liner sailings every week connecting to about 470 destinations worldwide.
- The Government is implementing a number of port enhancement measures, including expanding the terminal yard space and providing additional barge berths for enhancing the port operating efficiency.
- The Government has been identifying and releasing suitable sites for the development of high value-added third-party logistics services.
- The Hong Kong Shipping Register is ranked fourth globally in terms of gross tonnage.
- Hong Kong-flagged ships enjoy preferential port tonnage tax treatment with up to nearly 30 per cent reduction in dues at Chinese ports.
- Hong Kong has entered into double taxation relief arrangements covering shipping income with 47 major trading partners.
- With a cluster of over 800 shipping-related companies, Hong Kong provides a range of quality maritime services, including ship agency and management, shipbroking, marine insurance, and maritime legal and arbitration services. With our many advantages, Hong Kong is well-positioned to serve as the maritime service hub for the Belt and Road economies.
- Hong Kong is a leading international ship finance centre in Asia – seven of the world's top ten bookrunners have offices in Hong Kong. On insurance, 12 of the 13 members of the International Group of Protection and Indemnity Clubs have presence in Hong Kong, making us the largest cluster outside London.
- The Hong Kong Section of the Guangzhou-Shenzhen-Hong Kong Express Rail Link (XRL), which commenced operation in September 2018, connects with the national high-speed rail network and greatly shorten the traveling time between Hong Kong and Shenzhen, Guangzhou, and other cities in the PRD. It consolidates Hong Kong's position as a regional transport hub. The MTR Corporation Limited continues to make improvement to the operating arrangements. Passengers are also getting used to using the XRL as a cross-boundary transport mode. As at June 2019, the average daily patronage of the Hong Kong Section of the XRL was over 54 000 during weekdays and 56 000 during weekends.
- Since the commissioning of the HZMB in October 2018, the operation has generally been smooth and the vehicular flow has been gradually increasing. The HKSAR Government has been discussing with the governments of Guangdong and Macao to gradually increase in an orderly manner the number of cross-boundary vehicle quota for using the HZMB, to tie in with the development of the Greater Bay Area and to further utilise the HZMB. At present, the total number of Hong Kong/Guangdong cross-boundary private car quota (for Hong Kong cross-boundary private cars) for using the HZMB has reached 14 500. Separately, 33 000 Hong Kong cross-boundary private cars with quota for using the other four land boundary control points connecting to Shenzhen are allowed, on a trial basis for two years, to use the HZMB for travelling between Hong Kong and Zhuhai without additional procedure. The three governments will continue to increase the number of quota gradually.
New management measures on the quota system of Guangdong-Hong Kong cross-boundary private cars, including relaxation of application criteria and strengthening quota management were introduced by the Guangdong Provincial Public Security Department (GDPSD) on 15 April 2019.
- The Liantang/Heung Yuen Wai Boundary Control Point (LT/HYW BCP) will be the seventh land boundary crossing between Hong Kong and Shenzhen boundary with direct access facilities for both passengers and vehicles. It connects with the Eastern Corridor in Shenzhen which will greatly shorten the travelling time to eastern part of Shenzhen, eastern part of Guangdong Province and other neighbouring provinces. The new BCP is one of the key infrastructures to strengthen the cross-boundary transport connectivity within the Guangdong-Hong Kong-Macao Greater Bay Area (Greater Bay Area), which can provide Hong Kong with more room for development, foster the flow of people and goods, and promote economic development and regional cooperation under the "one-hour living circle" in the Greater Bay Area. The new BCP will facilitate smooth and efficient people and cargo flows across the boundary, alleviate the busy traffic at the existing BCPs and play an important strategic role in supporting Hong Kong's long-term economic growth.
The Hong Kong and Guangdong governments have agreed to issue quotas of 2 000 and 200 for Hong Kong and Mainland cross-boundary private cars respectively before the commissioning of the Heung Yuen Wai Control Point. The Guangdong Provincial Public Security Department will accept new quota applications starting from 12 June 2019.
Hong Kong Station of the XRL
Hong Kong-Zhuhai-Macao Bridge