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Customs declaration process shortened to 5 minutes

First express service for Chilean cherries arrives at Shekou Port, China

On January 2nd, the Cornelius Maersk, carrying 14 containers of cherries arrived in China, marking the first time an express delivery of Chilean cherries had called at Shekou Port. As their incomes have  improved, Chinese people have gradually increased the proportion of fruit consumption in their daily diet. Benefiting from the China-Chile Free Trade Agreement, Chilean cherries are making their way to the tables of Chinese consumers at an unprecedented rate.

It is reported that all containers carried by the express line were declared by switching the bill of lading in advance and filling out a two-step declaration. After receiving a copy of the phytosanitary certificate from Chile and related documents, a two-step declaration was used to declare the cargo to the customs. The unloading triggered a customs release instruction, and the cargoes that did not need to be checked were moved directly from the ship to the trailer arranged by the owner to leave the terminal and be distributed to all parts of China.

Compared with the traditional in-advance declaration model, this new model greatly reduces the time needed for customs clearance before the goods are collected, truly realizing the seamless connection within the entire logistics process. It can now take as little as 5 minutes from unloading the cargo to leaving the port.

Source: China Merchants Port (South China) Operation Center


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