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Iran’s new parliament convenes in Tehran

2024-05-28 17:05 Last Updated At:17:47

Iran's 12th parliament was inaugurated on Monday in the Iranian capital of Tehran.

During the inauguration ceremony, Alaeddin Boroujerdi, the former chairman for the Committee for Foreign Policy and National Security of the parliament, was appointed the temporary speaker. The official speaker is set to be elected in the coming days.

Boroujerdi said in his speech that the new parliament will fully support the government in developing the country's economy, and he also expounded the diplomatic principles of the new parliament.

"Strengthening relations with other countries on the basis of mutual respect to protect Iran's national interests is the guiding principle of our foreign policy. Developing relations with neighboring countries should be given priority, while combating American hegemonism remains a fundamental principle of our foreign policy," Boroujerdi said in his speech.

Iran's acting President Mohammad Mokhber also addressed the country's new parliament. He praised late President Ebrahim Raisi's time in office, listing some of his achievements since taking office in August 2021. He emphasized that according to the instructions of Iran's Supreme Leader, despite the recent loss of important personnel in Iran, all the work of the country has not been delayed. The new Assembly of Experts and parliament have carried out all their work as scheduled, and national governance has not been affected or damaged.

The parliament's 290 newly-elected members were chosen through two rounds of elections held on March 1 and May 10. These members are set to serve a four-year term in the legislative body.

Iran’s new parliament convenes in Tehran

Iran’s new parliament convenes in Tehran

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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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