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UN agencies call for opening land routes for aid to Gaza

2024-05-18 20:58 Last Updated At:22:27

The United Nations Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA) and the World Health Organization (WHO) on Friday held a press conference in Geneva, Switzerland, calling for opening land routes for the aid heading to the Gaza Strip.

Jens Laerke, spokesman of the OCHA, said at the press conference that the office welcomes all aids to the Gaza Strip in any ways, but still believes land routes are the most important.

"Any and all aid into Gaza is welcome by any route. However, getting aid to people in need into and across Gaza cannot and should not depend on a floating dock far from where needs are most acute. Land routes are the most viable, effective and efficient aid delivery method, which is why we need all crossing points to be opened," he said.

Also speaking at the press conference, spokesman of the WHO Tarik Jasarevic said since May 6 when the Israeli army launched a military operation against Rafah, no medical supplies have been allowed to enter the Gaza Strip as the Israeli army has been controlling the Gaza Strip side of the Rafah crossing.

The closure of the Rafah crossing has left humanitarian workers in Gaza a difficult situation, he said, adding that the lack of medical supplies and fuel have been bringing greater risks to the people in Gaza and Gaza's medical system which has already been unsustainable.

UN agencies call for opening land routes for aid to Gaza

UN agencies call for opening land routes for aid to Gaza

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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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