Agility, a leading global logistics provider, together with its digital innovation arm Shipa, announced an agreement with DHgate, the leading B2B cross-border e-commerce marketplace in China, and DHgate’s logistics arm - DHLink, to allow DHgate customers to manage their cross-border shipments with an instant, easy-to-use online logistics platform.

Shipa Freight, Shipa’s online freight-booking platform, will be integrated into DHLink as a private-label shipping option and the preferred booking option for DHgate’s 2.3 million Chinese suppliers and 36 million global buyers in 200+ countries and regions.

Like DHgate, Agility and Shipa offer products and services aimed at helping millions of micro, small and medium-sized merchants and businesses compete in cross-border trade. The agreement will give DHgate and DHLink a digital logistics solution to add to the payments, credit, pricing, and express delivery options available to its customers, while funneling cargo volume into Shipa Freight, Agility’s online shipping platform.

Under the agreement, DHgate/DHLink and Agility/Shipa will also explore opportunities to boost trade volumes between China and GCC countries and look at ways Shipa can offer DHLink related services in the region, including e-commerce fulfillment, last-mile delivery, and contract logistics.

In addition, the companies intend to explore collaboration in other markets, including Latin America, Africa, Asia-Pacific, Australasia, and Turkey.

The agreement was announced in a virtual signing ceremony attended by Agility Chairperson Henadi Al-Saleh, DHgate Founder and Chairperson Diane Wang, Head of DHLink Oliver Wan, and Shipa Freight CEO Carlos Font.

“DHgate and Shipa share the belief that micro, small and medium-sized businesses are essential to the post-pandemic global recovery. We also share the view that women-owned and women-led businesses can help power a healthy global economy,” Al-Saleh said. “The DHgate-Shipa collaboration offers benefits to these businesses, giving them access to tools they need to compete, grow and prosper.”

Diane Wang said: “At DHgate, our mission is to facilitate global commerce and realize entrepreneurial dreams for micro, small and medium-sized enterprises (MSMEs). The pandemic has amplified global consumer demands and further accelerated the development of cross-border e-commerce. Our partnership with Agility and Shipa will further expand our global coverage and optimize our logistics services. It can better serve surging demands of global consumers and help MSMEs recover more quickly.”

Shipa Freight CEO Font said: “Shipa Freight’s integration into the DHgate platform will help small and medium-sized businesses remove the complexity of compliance, customs and cross-border bureaucracy that are often obstacles to their success. We are proud to partner with DHgate and DHLink, which have helped tens of thousands of businesses establish relationships with reliable suppliers and get the products they need to succeed.”

“Our partnership will bolster the efficiencies across the logistics and daily operations, working as the backbone and a new driver to provide seamless logistics services for merchants and customers around the world,” said Oliver Wan, head of DHLink, “In addition, our cooperation in promoting the application of advanced technology, especially AI, big data, and blockchain, will disrupt the traditional logistics industry, further advancing the digital transformation and improving the efficiency of global supply chain and logistics.”