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China’s Provinces Slowly Bow to Port Sector Streamlining

By Sun Lizhao and Mo Yelin
A central government campaign to consolidate port operations has gained steam since August, when 18 provincial-level regions with ports were ordered to ramp up their efforts. Above, the port in Lianyungang, Jiangsu province, is seen on June 24. Photo: Visual China
A central government campaign to consolidate port operations has gained steam since August, when 18 provincial-level regions with ports were ordered to ramp up their efforts. Above, the port in Lianyungang, Jiangsu province, is seen on June 24. Photo: Visual China

Busy ports linking “the world’s factory” and the rest of the world are now targets of a Chinese government consolidation campaign that previously spurred high-profile mergers among state-owned shipping and logistics companies.

By consolidating port operations according to administrative regions such as provinces, Beijing hopes to reduce competition and promote economies of scale. Officials also expect consolidated ports to be managed more efficiently.

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