Zhanjiang Port [Photo/Internet]
Zhanjiang's total export to countries along the 21st Century Maritime Silk Road reached 3 billion yuan ($482.97 million) in the first half of 2015, a year-on-year increase of 19.1 percent, according to statistics released by the Zhanjiang Customs.
Among the factors that contributed to rising exports are local government support and incentives for foreign trade enterprises, improvements in port infrastructure construction, and Zhanjiang Customs' efforts to streamline the customs clearance procedures and efficiency, indicated the customs officials.
The Zhanjiang Customs have actively participated in the integration of customs services in 11 custom districts in Guangdong, Fujian and Hainan provinces, and the Guangxi Zhuang autonomous region, said Chen Zhifeng, deputy chief of the customs district.
Starting from May, foreign trade companies in those four regions have been able to choose the customs checkpoint where they want to make their customs declarations, duty payments and get customs clearance.
Nearly 900 export and import companies in Zhanjiang are entitled to the new service, which reduces customs-related costs by up to 30 percent.
The Zhanjiang Customs district plans to further enhance cooperation with its counterparts and port operators in the Beibu Gulf Rim to ensure full regional customs integration.
Enhanced integration between the Beibu Gulf Rim and central, southwestern and western China will pave the way for better trade connections with West and Southeast Asia, said Wang Kan, deputy chief of the customs department.