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Advanced Supply Chain plans to begin a freight forwarding operation serving China, which it hopes will open up the country for British businesses.

The new plans will extend its existing relationship with Chinese logistics provider Sinotrans and provide import and export at the Pinhu Logistics Centre in Shenzhen, South China, which is operated by Sinotrans.

The service, due to begin in 2014, will also offer transport to and from Hong Kong, as the warehouse is close to the Huanggang Port.

Advanced Supply Chain partnered with Sinotrans in 2011 to offer its UK customers transport to and from Asia.

Chief executive Mike Danby said: “We are excited to be starting forward freight operations to the Pinhu Logistics Centre in 2014.

"As home to an estimated 1.35 billion people, China has amazing potential for economic growth and has to rank as one of the most prized import and export markets for British businesses.”