COMMENTARY

Shanghai Firm Seeks Engineering Service Standards Connectivity
to Belt And Road Markets
through Hong Kong

Growing numbers of mainland companies have gained considerable experience in construction and engineering in recent years through their involvement in massive infrastructure projects across China. Their achievements are remarkable by any standards. Logistics service providers supporting these projects have also benefitted, continuously innovating and offering total logistics solutions to construction projects with advanced technologies and specialised equipment.

However, the standards that Chinese companies in the construction and engineering project logistics fields currently work to are not the same as those used in overseas markets. Even companies with many projects under their belt have difficulty winning overseas business opportunities solely on the strength of their track record. In order to overcome this hurdle, some are hoping to gain international recognition by servicing construction projects in Hong Kong, in the expectation that this will help them explore overseas and Belt and Road markets. A Shanghai-based engineering project logistics firm told HKTDC Research that mainland enterprises may also use their overseas experience to gain access to the Hong Kong market.

Daisy Liu, Deputy Director of the Engineering Design Centre of China Shipping Vastwin Project Logistics Co (China Shipping Vastwin) [1], explained how working in Hong Kong can help mainland businesses win contracts overseas, saying: “Construction projects in Hong Kong are up to international standards in their design, quality and safety requirements. They are also in line with international industry standards and certification systems. Leading Hong Kong and international construction firms and related service providers have won international recognition for their track record, and also know very well how to meet the requirements of their overseas peers. Mainland companies can gain valuable experience and become proficient in international industry standards, technological requirements and certification systems by participating in construction projects in Hong Kong. This way they can effectively bridge the gap between Chinese and overseas standards.”

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