Qian­hai air cargo takes fast track through HK

China Daily (Hong Kong) - - BUSINESS - By ZHOU MO in Shen­zhen sally@chi­nadai­lyhk.com

Shen­zhen Cus­toms has boosted freight trans­port ef­fi­ciency by al­low­ing cargo ex­ported overseas to be in­spected and as­sem­bled in Qian­hai Bay bonded area, in­stead of Hong Kong In­ter­na­tional Air­port.

Cus­toms launched its pi­lot re­form on June 29, when the first batch of trial goods went to Hong Kong air­port di­rectly for load­ing af­ter fin­ish­ing cus­toms in­spec­tions in Qian­hai Bay.

Pre­vi­ously tal­ly­ing of and air­line space book­ing for ex­ported goods could not be done un­til the cargo ar­rived at Hong Kong air­port, as goods needed to first go through cus­toms in­spec­tion there.

That de­layed cargo load­ing and its trans­port to other coun­tries and re­gions. Pro­cess­ing time was hard to pre- dict, mak­ing it dif­fi­cult for en­ter­prises to book cargo space in ad­vance.

The new mea­sure saves time and low­ers costs. En­ter­prises now have a def­i­nite de­par­ture time and would be able to book space for the cargo, a cus­toms of­fi­cial said.

Shen­zhen Cus­toms said more than 95 per­cent of ex­ported goods han­dled by Hong Kong In­ter­na­tional Air­port come from the south­ern part of the Chi­nese main­land, with ex­port vol­umes reach­ing 100,000 tons a month.

Cus­toms said it will make ef­forts to ex­tend the new mea­sures to Shen­zhen and Guangzhou air­ports, the other two ma­jor air­ports in the Pearl River Delta re­gion. This is to fur­ther im­prove ef­fi­ciency, with the aim of en­abling car­gos to reach overseas des­ti­na­tions within eight hours of leav­ing Qian­hai.

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