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UN mourns death of Iranian president

2024-05-22 00:59 Last Updated At:04:27

The United Nations mourned the death of Iranian President Ebrahim Raisi with its flag being lowered to half-mast at the UN headquarters on Tuesday and members of the UN Security Council observing a minute of silence on Monday.

The United Nations flag was lowered to half-mast at the UN headquarters in New York City to mourn for the death of Raisi.

Members of the UN Security Council on Monday observed a minute of silence to mourn the deaths of Raisi, Iranian Foreign Minister Hossein Amir-Abdollahian, and other passengers in Sunday's helicopter crash.

At the beginning of a Security Council meeting on Monday morning, Mozambique's UN ambassador Pedro Comissario Afonso, who chaired the meeting, asked all those present in the Security Council chamber to stand and observe a minute of silence for the tragic losses of lives and to present condolences and sympathy to their families and to the people of Iran.

He said the minute of silence was requested by Russia, China, and Algeria.

The Director General of the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) Mariano Grossi also led a minute of silence for the victims of the crash at the IAEA headquarters in Vienna, Austria on Monday, prior to an international conference on the future of nuclear security.

Raisi was confirmed dead on Monday after his helicopter crashed in Iran's mountainous northwestern region on Sunday.

Preparations are underway for mourning ceremonies across Iran, with crowds already gathering in the capital city Tehran on Monday to mourn those who died in the crash.

UN mourns death of Iranian president

UN mourns death of Iranian president

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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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