Hengyang ‘in­land port’ for for­eign trade

China Daily (Hong Kong) - - HUNAN SPECIAL - By FENG ZHI­WEI fengzhi­wei@chi­nadaily.com.cn

Hengyang au­thor­i­ties in Hu­nan prov­ince are im­prov­ing the city’s lo­gis­tics fa­cil­i­ties to en­hance ex­ports and im­ports.

Con­struc­tion on a com­pre­hen­sive bonded zone, the first in the prov­ince, has re­cently been com­pleted to boost the city’s for­eign trade, lo­cal of­fi­cials said.

As well, more than 3,600 con­tain­ers have been han­dled at an in­land port since it be­gan trial op­er­a­tions in 2012. The first such ter­mi­nal in the south of the prov­ince, it is one of four in­land ports planned by the the pro­vin­cial gov­ern­ment.

With new roads com­pleted and more rail­ways ap­proved by lo­cal au­thor­i­ties, com­bined trans­port by sea, road and rail is ex­pected to fur­ther fa­cil­i­tate ser­vices for im­ports and ex­ports.

The moves help im­prove ef­fi­ciency of clear­ing ship­ments through cus­toms by over 50 per­cent and re­duce lo­gis­tics costs by more than 30 per­cent, ac­cord­ing to gov­ern­ment data.

Five ex­press­ways now run through Hengyang, en­abling the city to top the prov­ince in road mileage.

Hengyang is al­ready a re­gional rail­way center served by the Wuhan- Guangzhou high- speed train and an ex­tended rail link­ing Hu­nan prov­ince with the Guangxi Zhuang au­ton­o­mous re­gion.

Con­struc­tion on a new rail line will start soon, plan­ners said.

Its air­port and a ship­ping hub are now un­der con­struc­tion. The city gov­ern­ment is also su­per­vis­ing con­struc­tion on 10 lo­gis­tics parks.

Hengyang is home to 14 in­dus­trial parks in­clud­ing one na­tional-level fa­cil­ity and nine pro­vin­cial-level zones.

To­gether the parks now have more ef­fi­cient in clear­ing ship­ments through cus­toms 346 com­pa­nies that gen­er­ated 30.1 bil­lion yuan ($5 bil­lion) in com­bined in­dus­trial out­put value last year, about 36 per­cent of the city’s to­tal.

Li Yi­long, Party chief of the city, has called on lo­cal of­fi­cials to build a friendly en­vi­ron­ment for an open econ­omy.

One-stop ser­vices are of­fered for in­vest­ment project ap­proval. The city gov­ern­ment said it gives a pri­or­ity to ap­pli­ca­tions on ma­jor projects by of­fer­ing agency ser­vices and stream­lined pro­ce­dures.

The gov­ern­ment also or­ga­nizes reg­u­lar meet­ings with gov­ern­ment of­fi­cials from cus­toms, in­spec­tion and quar­an­tine along with in­dus­trial and com­mer­cial au­thor­i­ties, bankers and rep­re­sen­ta­tives of the for­eign ex­change bureau to brief key ex­port- ori­ented com­pa­nies.

The multi- sec­tor meet­ing of­fers a chan­nel for lo­cal ex­porters to learn about the lat­est trend of the re­lated poli­cies and helps them make full use of such ve­hi­cles as ex­port credit insurance to ex­plore in­ter­na­tional mar­ket bet­ter, or­ga­niz­ers said.

The city gov­ern­ment also ar­ranges rep­re­sen­ta­tives of gov­ern­ment de­part­ments re­lated to for­eign trade to con­duct an an­nual com­bined ex­am­i­na­tion in over­seas in­vest­ment in­ten­sive in­dus­trial parks, in a bid to ease bur­den on the com­pa­nies.

The gov­ern­ment has elim­i­nated 14 ad­min­is­tra­tive ap­proval items in the first three quar­ters of this year and pro­moted online ad­min­is­tra­tive ser­vices.

Dur­ing the pe­riod, it dealt with more than 140,000 online ap­pli­ca­tions, rank­ing the sec­ond in the prov­ince.

Im­proved ef­fi­ciency in ad­min­is­tra­tive ser­vices, low costs in run­ning busi­ness and a friendly en­vi­ron­ment for in­vest­ment will add Hengyang’s ap­peal to in­vestors, lo­cal of­fi­cials said.

PHO­TOS PRO­VIDED TO CHINA DAILY

Work­ers on an as­sem­bly line mak­ing bat­ter­ies in Hengyang. The city gov­ern­ment is mak­ing re­forms to cre­ate a friendly en­vi­ron­ment and open econ­omy.

The city’s com­pre­hen­sive bonded zone, the first in Hu­nan prov­ince.

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