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China to streamline Yangtze customs clearance

28 May 2014
Measures enabling speedier customs clearance in Shanghai Pilot Free Trade Zone look set to be introduced to other customs points along the Yangtze River, reported Xinhua. The General Administration of Customs said it was considering how to implement this policy.

Various customs authorities along the river hope to improve coordination to ensure smooth movement of cargoes and promote high-end manufacturing. While manufacturing and commercial cities such as Shanghai, Nanjing and Suzhou are located in the lower reaches of the Yangtze, provinces further upstream are centres of industrial production and agriculture.

Cargoes that enter China through customs at Shanghai FTZ may now be stored before they are declared to customs authorities.

A number of initiatives to improve customs clearance have been proposed and are being piloted in the Shanghai zone in the hope that they may be introduced to other customs checks to unify regulation and enable faster movement of goods between Shanghai and other checkpoints.

GAC spokesman Zhang Guangzhi said that broader reform to improve customs clearance in the provinces through which the Yangtze flows will be enacted soon. Shanghai already has cooperative mechanisms with major upstream centres such as Chengdu and Chongqing. These mechanisms are designed to expedite cargo movement among bonded areas and cut red tape.

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