China Railway Corporation (CRC) will launch six express trains for an e-commerce logistics service on July 1, which will connect four first-tier cities, China National Radio reported.
Experts said the new express trains reflect CRC's determination to undergo market-oriented reform and will benefit logistics companies as well as online shopping consumers.
It is the first time CRC, which is mainly involved in bulk stock transportation, has entered the flourishing e-commerce logistics market, the report said.
The new service is a result of cooperation between the CRC and logistics companies, connecting Shenzhen, Guangzhou, Beijing and Shanghai, with the aim of delivering goods produced in the Pearl River Delta and Yangtze River Delta to Beijing in 24 hours, the Beijing-based China Times newspaper reported.
The transportation speed and price of the e-commerce express train will be between those of high-speed trains and common cargo transportation, according to the report.
"The new e-commerce express train is a promising service since it will bring a win-win result to both the CRC and logistics companies," Liu Jianxin, an expert from the China Communications and Transportation Association, told the Global Times.