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New system expedites customs clearance in Hengqin
By Jason Lee,  


Hengqin Customs and Macau Customs used an electronic transfer confirmation system to issue a transfer confirmation letter to 49 boxes of imported fresh mangosteen from Thailand on Dec. 28. The whole process only took about 10 minutes and was the first time that customs in the Chinese mainland and Macau issued an e-confirmation letter.

After Hengqin Customs received data from its counterpart in Macau in the system, it compared the e-confirmation letter with the paper confirmation letter. About 10 minutes later, the 49 boxes of fruits finished their customs clearance procedure, and were imported to the Chinese mainland at a preferential tax ratio stipulated by the China-ASEAN Free Trade Agreement.

A manager surnamed Hou of the Zhuhai Zhaosheng Commerce and Trade Company said: “The e-confirmation letter for transfer plays a big role in the trade.” The company’s branch in Macau submitted the transfer application to Macau Customs, who sent the digital information directly to Hengqin Customs in Zhuhai, Guangdong province. The process took about one day. “The new system saves time and energy for our company,” said Hou.

According to Gongbei Customs, to which Hengqin Customs is affiliated, the General Administration of Customs signed a cooperation memorandum with the Macau Customs. Customs in Zhuhai and Macau developed the new system of “electronic transfer confirmation letter” system together in light of the memorandum.

The system markedly improves the customs clearance efficiency, and brings tangible benefits to commerce and trade enterprises. The 49 boxes of mangosteen were the very first batch of imported goods imported to the Chinese mainland market.

A person in charge of the Gongbei Customs said the launching of the new system marks the implementation of the cooperation memorandum.