China is planning to build 30 logistics hubs by 2020 and 150 by 2025, according to a new plan jointly released by the country’s top economic planning agency, the National Development and Reform Commission (NDRC), and the Ministry of Transport.

According to the plan, China is to build six types of logistics hubs—inland harbor, cargo port, airport, service-oriented port, commerce and trade-oriented port, and inland border port.

Some 127 cities were named as qualified locations for the project, including Shenzhen, Beijing Tianjin, Nanjing, Shanghai, Guangzhou, Zhenzhou, Foshan, Xi’an, and Fuzhou. Logistics hubs will be encouraged to build automatic ports and smart warehouses and use unmanned vehicles, robots, and drones to increase efficiency, according to the report.

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Nicole Jao is a reporter based in Beijing. She’s passionate about emerging trends, news, and stories of human interest within the world of technology. Connect with her on Twitter or via email: nicole.jao.iting@gmail.com.