Port’s im­prove­ments ex­pand com­merce

China Daily (USA) - - TOP NEWS - By QIU QUANLIN in Guangzhou qi­uquan­lin@chi­nadaily.com.cn

Wu Jia’en used his cell­phone to log into the Nan­sha Port’s on­line regis­tra­tion sys­tem, fin­ish­ing al­most all the pro­ce­dures for ship­ping goods in just half an hour.

“In the past, I had to wait about two hours to fin­ish my busi­ness at the regis­tra­tion hall be­cause of the large amount of cargo at the port,” said Wu, a rep­re­sen­ta­tive of Guangzhou Gang­tian Lo­gis­tics Co.

Nan­sha Port, one of South China’s largest-ca­pac­ity ports, has im­ple­mented an elec­tronic in­spec­tion and quar­an­tine sys­tem to au­to­mat­i­cally is­sue the clear­ance of goods, help­ing in­crease ef­fi­ciency for thou­sands of ex­porters in the Pearl River Delta re­gion.

“We have worked closely with au­thor­i­ties from cus­toms and in­spec­tion and quar­an­tine, al­low­ing han­dling pro­cesses for goods to be done through the on­line sys­tem,” said Liao Wei­wen, deputy di­rec­tor of in­for­ma­tion tech­nol­ogy for the Guangzhou South China Ocean­gate Con­tainer Ter­mi­nal Co, a joint ven­ture that man­ages the sec­ond-phase con­tainer ter­mi­nal at Nan­sha Port.

The on­line sys­tem went into op­er­a­tion in Oc­to­ber of last year.

Smart op­er­a­tions, along with con­tin­ual im­prove­ment of the fa­cil­i­ties at the port, will lead to huge progress in the years ahead, said Song Xiaom­ing, deputy gen­eral man­ager of Guangzhou Port Co, which con­trols Nan­sha Port.

“China’s Belt and Road Ini­tia­tive will help us build Nan­sha Port into a ma­jor in­ter­na­tional trade hub,” Song said.

The sea­port is one of the busiest in the world, pro­cess­ing 544 mil­lion met­ric tons of cargo and 18.86 mil­lion con­tain­ers in 2016, rank­ing sixth and sev­enth in the world, re­spec­tively.

By the end of 2016, the port had opened 73 for­eign trade routes, con­duct­ing ocean trade with more than 400 in­ter­na­tional ports in over 100 coun­tries and re­gions.

“The up­com­ing 19th Na­tional Con­gress of the Com­mu­nist Party of China will, for sure, out­line big­ger goals for the coun­try’s for­eign trade, given that we are aim­ing to de­velop closer ties with coun­tries and re­gions re­lated to the Belt and Road Ini­tia­tive. There­fore, we will upgrade fa­cil­i­ties and boost ser­vices to help in­crease trade,” Song said.

Guangzhou Port Co is­sued a share of­fer­ing on the Shang­hai Stock Ex­change in March, look­ing for fi­nanc­ing to ex­pand its busi­ness.

“We are build­ing new docks and berths at the port, which will help im­prove ef­fi­ciency and ex­pand busi­ness,” Song said.

The port com­pany also has reached agree­ment with two com­pa­nies, from Foshan and Zhong­shan, which are ma­jor man­u­fac­tur­ing cities in the Pearl River Delta re­gion, to be­gin construction of the fourth phase of port, Song said.

“Joint ef­forts of Guangzhou, Foshan and Zhong­shan to upgrade port fa­cil­i­ties will help in­crease trade in the delta re­gion,” said Peng Peng, a se­nior re­searcher at the Guangzhou Academy of So­cial Sci­ences.

Foshan of­fi­cials say the city pro­duces about 100 mi­crowave ovens a minute and more than 23 mil­lion air con­di­tion­ers a year. Large man­u­fac­tur­ers, such as home ap­pli­ance mak­ers Midea Group and Galanz Group, have of­ten shipped their goods through ports in Shen­zhen and Hong Kong in the past, Peng said.

“Af­ter the port’s fourth phase is built, a grow­ing num­ber of com­pa­nies on the western bank of the Pearl River will tend to ship goods through Nan­sha Port,” Peng said.

Nan­sha Port is at the Pearl River’s mouth, Peng said, adding that han­dling goods at the port will help greatly in­crease trade ef­fi­ciency.

“For com­pa­nies in Foshan and Zhong­shan, han­dling goods through Nan­sha Port will help re­duce trans­port costs by more than 60 per­cent, com­pared with Hong Kong and Shen­zhen,” Peng said.

Two berths that each have a han­dling ca­pac­ity of 100,000 met­ric tons of con­tain­ers and two 50,000-ton con­tainer berths will be built in the port’s fourth phase, ac­cord­ing to Guangzhou Port Co.

The fourth phase, with a de­signed an­nual han­dling ca­pac­ity of 4.8 mil­lion twen­ty­foot equiv­a­lent units — a TEU be­ing the size of a stan­dard 20-foot ship­ping con­tainer — will be com­pleted by 2021.

Joint ef­forts of Guangzhou, Foshan and Zhong­shan to upgrade port fa­cil­i­ties will help in­crease trade in the delta re­gion.”

Peng Peng, re­searcher at the Guangzhou Academy of So­cial Sci­ences


A tug­boat is seen along­side cranes at Guangzhou’s fast-grow­ing Nan­sha Port in Guang­dong prov­ince in June.

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