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China Expands “Single Window” Pilot Scheme for Foreign Trade

At the kick-off meeting for building the international trade single window system in the inland border regions held in Chongqing on 2 August, Deputy Director of the State Council Office in Charge of Port Affairs Han Jian announced the addition of six provinces, municipalities and autonomous regions, including Chongqing, Shaanxi and Ningxia Hui Autonomous Region to the existing pilot scheme. This move will help open up the inland areas and give a further boost to the Belt and Road Initiative.  

Several Opinions on Promoting the Stabilisation and Recovery of Foreign Trade recently released by the State Council proposed to “expand the single window system of international trade from coastal areas to qualified central and western regions by the end of 2016”. On the basis of the level of information technology and development aspirations of provinces and municipalities applying to join the scheme, the State Council Office in Charge of Port Affairs added Chongqing municipality, Guizhou province, Jiangxi province, Inner Mongolia Autonomous Region and Ningxia Hui Autonomous Region to the list of pilot areas for the single window system.

The single window system allows parties to international trade and transportation to submit the necessary information and documents at a single location to satisfy the relevant requirements of law and administration. Through this platform, enterprises only need to submit the required documentation to the trade administration department once for efficient processing.

The inland border regions as an integral part of China’s opening up posed a serious obstacle to the development of foreign trade in the past due to their remoteness and relative backward port administration, which resulted in high logistics cost and inefficient customs clearance. Han pointed out that the single window system is important for effectively enhancing port facilitation and boosting China’s international competitiveness.

For details of the Opinions in Chinese, please see:

http://www.gov.cn/zhengce/content/2016-05/09/content_5071534.htm

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