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China Coast Guard launches inspections over South China Sea fishing moratorium area

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China Coast Guard launches inspections over South China Sea fishing moratorium area
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China Coast Guard launches inspections over South China Sea fishing moratorium area

2024-05-16 22:00 Last Updated At:23:07

The comprehensive law enforcement operations jointly carried out by China Coast Guard (CCG) South China Sea branch and various provincial coast guard and fishery administration departments have safeguarded national marine fishery rights and interests during the annual summer fishing moratorium in the South China Sea.

The CCG South China Sea branch organized three directly affiliated bureaus and provincial coast guard and fishery administration departments of neighboring provinces of Guangdong, Hainan, and the Guangxi Zhuang Autonomous Region, and carried out the operation in the South China Sea north of 12 degrees north latitude from May 1 to May 15.

As of May 15, the South China Sea branch has deployed a total of 1,457 coast guard law enforcement vessels, 34 aircraft, and 240 fishery administration vessels, investigated and handled 32 fishing-related cases, including seven criminal cases and 25 administrative cases, confiscated nearly 27,000 kilograms of fishing catches, and detained 97 related ships.

"Since the synchronized law enforcement operations were launched, the South China Sea branch of the China Coast Guard has coordinated and organized law enforcement forces with coast guards in the South China Sea and fishery administration departments of Guangdong, Hainan and the Guangxi, and established law enforcement model with efficient coordination and three-dimensional control through sea-shore-air joint forces, implement grid-based patrol management, and strengthen regular patrols in key sea areas such as the Pearl River Estuary, Taiwan shoals, and around Hainan Island. We have seriously cracked down on various illegal and criminal activities, and ensure the strict implementation of the South China Sea fishing moratorium system during the summer season," said Shi Jifeng, an officer with the law enforcement department of the coast guard branch.

The branch also increased supervision in key waters in response to the infringements of foreign fishing boats during the period, a total of 138 foreign fishing boats were driven away, 14 were boarded and inspected, and 10 people were arrested on one boat.

China Coast Guard launches inspections over South China Sea fishing moratorium area

China Coast Guard launches inspections over South China Sea fishing moratorium area

China Coast Guard launches inspections over South China Sea fishing moratorium area

China Coast Guard launches inspections over South China Sea fishing moratorium area

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Cargo throughput surges as China's ports streamline customs clearance

2024-07-20 07:14 Last Updated At:08:27

China's border ports have been implementing a range of cargo facilitation policies, leading to a surge in cargo throughput, with a nearly 57 percent year-on-year increase in the inspection of transportation vehicles in the first half of 2024.

According to the data recently released by the National Immigration Administration, China's ports inspected about 15.42 million vehicle, vessel, and train trips in the first six months of this year, a 56.9 percent jump from the same period last year.

The border ports have rolled out a series of measures to streamline customs clearance for cargo. At major land ports, fast lanes have been set up for the rapid release of critical supplies. At major seaports, online declaration has been enabled for border inspection boarding. In international shipping, arriving vessels can have much faster departures thanks to the efficient inspections.

The combined sea-rail transport model, utilizing maritime routes and the China-Europe freight train service, has made the port of Lianyungang in east China's Jiangsu Province one of the most convenient and economical gateways to the sea. It handles more than 80 percent of Kazakhstan's transit cargo to China.

At the port, containers carrying with auto parts, home appliances, and other products are offloaded, hoisted onto trucks, and then loaded onto China-Europe freight trains bound for destinations like Kazakhstan and Uzbekistan.

"From unloading to boarding the freight train, the entire process can now be completed in as little as eight minutes. These containers are expected to reach the border ports within six days, greatly reducing transportation time and cost," said a logistics company employee.

The Youyi Pass in the southern Guangxi Zhuang Autonomous Region, also known as Friendship Pass, on the China-Vietnam border is an important cross-national trade channel. To enhance the clearance efficiency of imported fruits, the port has established "durian-only" channels and green channels for agricultural products, as well as an intelligent inspection assistance system. A Chinese cargo truck can now clear customs in just 15 seconds.

As the country's largest land port for fruit imports and exports, the Youyi Pass saw fruit imports worth 23.92 billion yuan (about 3.3 billion U.S. dollars) in 2023, a 262.9-percent surge year on year.

Pattama Narmwong, chairman of the Thai Mangosteen Association, noted that the greatly improved clearance efficiency has considerably cut down on transportation time and costs, supporting the burgeoning development of fruit trade between China and Southeast Asian nations.

Cargo throughput surges as China's ports streamline customs clearance

Cargo throughput surges as China's ports streamline customs clearance

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