Amazon.com Inc. is making an aggressive expansion into global logistics, pitting their cross-border e-commerce business against Alibaba Group Holding Ltd. in a bid to drive down shipping costs from the world’s biggest manufacturing nations, reports show.

The U.S. company’s roadmap includes building cargo and customs management services from China and India to core markets including Japan, Europe and the United States, according to internal Amazon documents reviewed by Bloomberg dating back to 2013.

 It’s a bold plan which pits them directly against Alibaba, who have been spending aggressively to expand their homegrown logistics brand as well as their global logistics network. The cross-border e-commerce market is expected to become a $1 trillion USD industry by 2020.

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Cate Cadell

Cate is a tech writer. She worked as a journalist in Australia, Mongolia and Myanmar. You can reach her (in Chinese or English) at: @catecadell or catecadell@technode.com