1 Oct 2010
Xiamen Port and Zhangzhou Port: Two in One
Xiamen Port and Zhangzhou Port in Fujian were merged on 31 August. The Gulei port area, Dongshan port area, Yunxiao port area and Zhao’an port area in Zhangzhou have been incorporated into Xiamen port and placed under the unified management of the new Xiamen Port Authority. By now, the number of port areas under Xiamen Port totalled 12, including all the port areas under the Xiamen and Zhangzhou administrative regions.
After integration, Xiamen Port and Zhangzhou Port are now known as Xiamen Port. The integrated Xiamen Port will develop into an international shipping hub with ocean-going container transport as its pillar supplemented by bulk cargo transport. All preferential policies on customs tariffs, subsidies and customs clearance originally enjoyed by the old Xiamen port area will now be extended to the new Xiamen Port.
The new integrated Xiamen Port will soon map out a new Master Plan for Xiamen Port covering the two administrative regions. Emphasis will be placed on developing an international shipping hub with container transport for international trade as the pillar supplemented by bulk cargo transport. Meanwhile, the functions of all the port areas in Xiamen Port will be optimised and adjusted; importance will be attached to the functional position of the port areas on the north and south coasts of the Xiamen Bay for the development of container transport for international trade; efforts will be made to expedite the functional adjustment and structural upgrade of the existing port areas in Xiamen Bay; coordinated development of the port city will be promoted; urban transformation of Dongdu port area will be gradually advanced, changing its port functions to high-end shipping services such as international cruises, Taiwan passenger transport and roll-on/roll-off shipping.
According to Yu Weiguo, party secretary of Xiamen city, ports are normally set up in different administrative regions. But in the case of Xiamen Port and Zhangzhou Port, they are both situated at Xiamen Bay. Hence, integration of the two ports can bring about rational and effective use of port resources in the same region, meeting the needs of the development of the shipping industry. It can be expected that the benefits thus generated will become more and more apparent in the years to come.