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Russia attacks Ukrainian targets, Ukraine repels Russian attacks

2024-06-06 10:16 Last Updated At:10:37

Russia said on Wednesday that it struck Ukrainian targets in multiple directions, while Ukraine claimed to have repelled Russian military attacks over the past 24 hours.

The Russian Ministry of Defense reported that the Russian forces have launched attacks on Ukrainian personnel and equipment, including tanks, armored vehicles, and artillery, in the directions of the "northern", "western" and "southern" fronts. Besides, the Russian air defense units claimed to have shot down 55 drones, 10 rockets, and two aerial bombs.

The General Staff of the Ukrainian Armed Forces issued a battle report on the same day stating that the Russian forces had concentrated their main efforts in the directions of Kupyansk and Pokrovsk.

The report noted that Russian troops continue to exert pressure on Ukraine in the Kupyansk direction. Meanwhile, Ukrainian forces had successfully repelled four Russian attacks in the direction of Ukraine's northeastern Kharkiv region, with ongoing battles reported in the Volchansk region.

Russia attacks Ukrainian targets, Ukraine repels Russian attacks

Russia attacks Ukrainian targets, Ukraine repels Russian attacks

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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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