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Establishment of 22 New E-Commerce Pilot Zones Formally Approved

The State Council has urged the relevant government departments to support the innovative development of 22 additional cross-border e-commerce comprehensive pilot zones in the central, western and northeastern regions. It is hoped that the proposed new zones will boost the overall level of cross-border e-commerce and increase global competitiveness, while also assisting in the developmental upgrade of all related facilities and processes.

In its Reply Approving the Establishment of Cross-Border E-Commerce Comprehensive Pilot Zones in 22 Cities, Including Beijing, the State Council also encouraged all relevant departments to further simplify logistics, storage and customs clearance, streamline examination and approval procedures, while also improving customs integration and information sharing.

It also indicated that every effort should be made to explore the emerging opportunities in cross-border e-commerce through the early implementation of all relevant technical specifications, business processes, regulatory models and informatisation.

The moves follow the 13 July decision of the State Council to establish 22 additional cross-border e-commerce comprehensive pilot zones. These will be established in Beijing, Hohhot, Shenyang, Changchun, Harbin, Nanjing, Nanchang, Wuhan, Changsha, Nanning, Haikou, Guiyang, Kunming, Xi’an, Lanzhou, Xiamen, Tangshan, Wuxi, Weihai, Zhuhai, Dongguan and Yiwu.

For further details, please visit the following links:

State Council’s Reply Approving the Establishment of Cross-Border E-Commerce Comprehensive Pilot Zones in 22 Cities, Including Beijing (Guo Han No. 93 [2018]) (in Chinese)

China Greenlights 22 Additional Cross-Border E-Commerce Pilot Zones

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