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An analysis of the challenges and opportunities facing the Hong Kong logistics industry.

  Hong Kong freight forwarding services have flourished along with China's economic
development. Manufacturing activities in the Pearl River Delta (PRD) have provided
the Hong Kong logistics sector with many business opportunities. However, due to the
changes in the business environment, the industry is facing many challenges:
competition from other local logistics companies in China, a shrinking market share on
the shipping side, and increasing operating costs. The study aims to answer two
questions: will the PRD continue to serve as the manufacturing powerhouse of the
world and will exporters in the PRD continue to use Hong Kong:5 airport and port?
The findings of this research will help academia and practitioners better understand the
opportunities and challenges facing the Hong Kong logistics industry. This research was
carried out in two phases. First, the author conducted exploratory interviews with
manufacturers, logistics service providers, and government officials. Second, two
questionnaires (one for manufacturers and one for logistics service providers) were
designed based on the interviews and the literature review. The results of this two-stage
analysis indicate that manufacturing in the PRD will continue to demand forwarding
logistics support from Hong Kong because the latter continues to offer competitive
advantage in several aspects compared with competitors in China. The Hong Kong
government's pro-business attitude has helped to maintain Hong Kong's competitive
advantage as a logistics hub; thus, the integration of Hong Kong and PRD logistics
service providers has further enhanced this advantage in the PRD. Finally, based on
these findings, a number of recommendations are offered. The empirical part of the
research was completed before the onset of the 2008/9 recession; hence, no reference to its effect has been included in this thesis. The work also excludes any specific reference
to the issues of carbon footprints and related environmental concerns because these are
not primary issues for the industry as seen by the governments of the PRD region.

  • Type:


  • Date:

    30 June 2010

  • Publication Status:


  • Library of Congress:

    HE Transportation and Communications

  • Dewey Decimal Classification:

    387 Water, air & space transportation


Lau, A. S. W. An analysis of the challenges and opportunities facing the Hong Kong logistics industry. (Thesis)


Hing Kong; Freight; logistics; Pearl River Delta;

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