According to an Ecomony source Alibaba has shown an interest in expanding to several European ports. One of them is Copenhagen Malmö Port, CMP, which is located in the area of Copenhagen, Denmark, and in Malmö, a city in south of Sweden.
The information has not yet been confirmed, but CEO of CMP, Johan Röstin recently said in an interview with the Swedish newspaper HD-Sydsvenskan, that the port company was in the progress of attracting "a Chinese e-retailer" to the region.
According to our source there has been a dialogue between CMP and Alibaba, and Johan Röstin points out in the interview that the greater Copenhagen region has several logistic benefits for a larger e-retailer.
- There is a large airport with many cargo flights that can complete the harbour. And we are in a strategically good position for delivering goods to the Nordics and the Baltics, said Johan Röstin in the interview.
Plans on Opening European Offices
He also said that Chinese e-retailers often are interested in coming closer to the Nordic consumers.
- We are curious, and show an early interest in new products. The Nordics are also strongly connected to the environment and quality, and since it is a small market it is an easy target for testing new products.
Forbes has previously written about Alibaba’s plan for expansion in Europe. According to an article from October this year, the giant e-retailer plans on opening new offices in Germany, France and Italy, as well as making the London office a regional hub for European sellers who want to provide its products to Chinese consumers.
Apart from Alibaba, the Copenhagen Malmö Port is also said to be discussing deals with another Chinese e-retailer.
We have without success contacted CMP to ask for a comment about the the discussions with Alibaba.