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Iran announces investigation into cause of president's helicopter crash

2024-05-21 09:52 Last Updated At:16:17

The Iranian government on Monday announced the investigation into the cause of the helicopter crash that killed Iranian President Ebrahim Raisi.

On Monday, Iranian rescue teams found the wreckage of a helicopter carrying Iranian President Ebrahim Raisi in a mountain area of northwest Iran's East Azerbaijan Province. And then Iranian officials announced that President Raisi and the country's Foreign Minister Hossein Amir-Abdollahian were all dead in the helicopter crash.

On Monday afternoon, a large number of people gathered in the capital city Tehran, mourning the tragic deaths of Raisi, Amir-Abdollahian, Governor of East Azarbaijan Province Malek Rahmati and Iran's supreme leader's representative to East Azerbaijan Mohammad Ali Ale-Hashem.

Iran's Securities and Exchange Organization (SEO) has halted its activities on Monday and all cultural and entertainment events were suspended in silent homage to the president's death.

Iran's Supreme Leader Ali Khamenei expressed condolences to the families of victims in the helicopter crash and announced that Iran will hold five days of public mourning.

Khamenei on Monday appointed the country's First Vice President Mohammad Mokhber as interim president. The presidential election is set to be held on June 28.

In addition, with the approval of the government cabinet, Iranian Deputy Foreign Minister for Political Affairs Ali Bagheri Kani was appointed as acting foreign minister.

The president's body would be transferred to his birthplace Mashhad, where his funeral will be held on Thursday.

Iran announces investigation into cause of president's helicopter crash

Iran announces investigation into cause of president's helicopter crash

Iran announces investigation into cause of president's helicopter crash

Iran announces investigation into cause of president's helicopter crash

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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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