On November 5, “Greater Bay Area Inter-port Cargo Service” initiated by Guangzhou Customs and Guangzhou Port Group was declared to be officially launched in Guangzhou Port Center. A port group will be formed, which takes Nansha Port as the hub port and Guangzhou, Foshan, Zhaoqing, Qingyuan, Yunfu, Shaoguan and other river trade terminals along the Pearl River as the feeder ports, to realize the effective and convenient flow of goods imported and exported through Nansha Port in Greater Bay Area, to further strengthen the overall international competitiveness of port group in Greater Bay Area and provide new momentum for inspiring entity economy and building a new pattern of domestic and international development featuring double cycles.
Sun Xiuqing, Deputy Secretary General of Guangzhou Municipal Government, Yang Guohai, Vice Customs Director of Guangzhou Customs, Li Yibo, Party Secretary and Board Chairman of Guangzhou Port Group, Wu Weihua, Deputy Director of Guangzhou Bureau of Commerce and Lian Jianli, First-level Researcher of Guangzhou Port Authority participated in the launching ceremony and Deng Guosheng, Party Secretary and General Manager of Guangzhou Port Co., Ltd. host the event.
“‘Greater Bay Area Inter-port Cargo Service’ makes South port and Nansha Port work like just one port, which not only saves us a lot of customs clearance and logistics time, but also makes us take full advantage of port resources and reduces international logistics cost.” Liao Shixing, Deputy General Manager of Overseas Marketing Department of Chigao Air Conditioner was full of praises for the Project.
On July 18 of this year, household appliances packed with 8 containers exported by Guangdong Chigao Air Conditioner finished their customs clearance proceduers at South port in Foshan, and then were loaded onto ship after their arrival at Nansha Port via shuttle bus “HG906” for export, completing the first export business after the commissioning of “Greater Bay Area Inter-port Cargo Service” Project.
On October 29, a batch of exported tiles weighing 598 tons arrived at Nansha Port via barge after completing their customs clearance at Sanrong Port, marking the smooth practice of the Project in Zhaoqing.
“‘Greater Bay Area Inter-port Cargo Service’ Project will effectively deepen business linkage between Zhaoqing Port and Nansha Port, further promote the resource sharing and coordinated development of two ports, combine the customs clearance and logistics advantages to provide more convenient and rapid comprehensive logistics service for import and export enterprises in Zhaoqing.” said Qiu Yalin, the Deputy Customs Director of Zhaoqing Customs under Guangzhou Customs.
With the gracious support of Guangzhou Customs, Guangzhou Port Group intensifies promotion and rapidly covers 6 river terminals of the Pearl River, including Southport(Nanhai), Jiaoxin (Guangzhou), Leliu (Shunde), Beijiao (Shunde), Rongqi (Shunde), Sanrong (Zhaoqing), etc.
After the project was launched, integrated operation has been strengthened between Nansha Port and other river terminals and supervision in informationization means, with whole-process paperless and systematic processing. Import and export goods are cleared at river terminals and can be loaded on their arrival at Nansha Port, which can realize “7×24”-hour rapid customs clearance of import and export goods transferred through Nansha Port. Compared to traditional customs clearance modes, such as water-water transport and international transfer, the customs clearance is more rapid and cost effective.
“The Project not only facilitates customs clearance, but also helps to reduce the whole logistics cost of enterprises. Under the support of whole-process informationization means, import and export enterprises can control each link of customs clearance of goods more accurately, feasibly and scientifically arrange shipping date and space, to reduce time, expense and cost.” said Zeng Qi, Deputy Director of Guangzhou Customs Port Supervision Department.
It is estimated that 500,000 containers are imported and exported in this mode every year during the promoting stage. As estimated based on cost difference between water and land transportation, more than 5 million cost can be saved for import and export enterprises every year.
Li Yibo, Board Chairman of Guangzhou Port Group, said, “High-quality business soft environment is indispensable for the rapid development of ports. This year, Nansha Comprehensive Bonded Zone has been accepted and tax rebate of port of shipment and other policies have been successively put into practice, resulting in the continuous improvement in facilitation of trades at Nansha Port. ‘Greater Bay Area Inter-port Cargo Service’ Project has created a more rapid and convenient overseas channel for import and export enterprises in hinterland of Greater Bay Area, which effectively reduces enterprises’ logistics cost through Nansha Port Area and improves the competitiveness of enterprises in the area to participate in international trades.”
The new mode will make the most of water transportation resources between river terminals and Nansha Port. While giving full play to the superiority of low cost of water transportation, it can relieve the pressure of land transportation in some degree, help to reduce environmental pollution and implement concept of environmental friendly ports. At present, it is predicted to divert more than 300,000 container vehicles for the port every year.
“Greater Bay Area Inter-port Cargo Service” Project will be comprehensively promoted and implemented in Guangzhou, Foshan, Zhaoqing, Qingyuan, Yunfu, Shaoguan and other ports in Pearl River Delta during the year. Guangzhou Customs will continuously provide policy support and business guidance and optimize project management with Guangzhou Port Group to jointly promote development of transportation industry and related industries, vigorously speed up the construction of Guangzhou international shipping hub, further improve the convenience of trades in Greater Bay Area and facilitation of customs clearance and better serve the construction of the “Belt and Road” and the Greater Bay Area. (text by Guan Yue and Ke Xia, picture by Zhu Junkun)