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China's top legislature to review key draft laws, amendments

2024-06-22 12:37 Last Updated At:13:07

The Standing Committee of the 14th National People's Congress (NPC), China's top legislature, will start its 10th session Monday to review multiple draft laws and law revisions, according to a press conference on Friday.

The agenda includes revisions to the Financial Stability Law, aiming to enhance China's financial management, clarify the responsibilities of central financial institutions, and strengthen financial risk prevention mechanisms.

Lawmakers will also review amendments to the Public Security Administration Punishment Law, addressing issues such as the treatment of minors who violate public security regulations and the penalties for illegally selling or raising dangerous animals.

A key focus will be the review of the draft Frontier Health and Quarantine Law, which aims to streamline the cross-border disease prevention process.

"The revised draft will further optimize the system and measures to prevent cross-border spread of infectious diseases in normality. It will improve quarantine inspection measures by distinguishing difference situations. It clarifies that customs can subject inbound and outbound travelers to normal quarantine inspection measures, including temperature checks and medical inspections. It also allows for medical examinations given specific circumstances," said Huang Haihua, director of the Research Office of the Legislative Affairs Commission of the NPC Standing Committee.

The draft law also emphasizes the optimization of quarantine procedures and prioritizes medical treatment for individuals potentially suffering from monitored infectious diseases, according to Huang. "The General Administration of Customs should continue to optimize quarantine procedures based on domestic and international infectious disease monitoring and risk assessments. For individuals potentially suffering from monitored infectious diseases, customs should issue convenient treatment cards for priority medical diagnosis and treatment, and medical institutions shall give priority to diagnosis and treatment to persons holding convenient medical treatment cards," said Huang.

China's top legislature to review key draft laws, amendments

China's top legislature to review key draft laws, amendments

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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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