Chinese authorities will work to promote an integrated “single window” platform nationwide by the end of this year, allowing companies to declare cargo and taxes with a single submission, a move to facilitate trade and streamline administration. “The integrated platform makes it unnecessary for businesses to enter the same information again and again to different authorities. The platform has been put in place in 17 provinces and cities,” Zou Zhiwu, deputy head of the General Administration of Customs, said Friday [26 May 2017] at a press conference…Full Article: The Global Times May 2017

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  • By the end of 2017, according to the Deputy Head of the General Administration of Customs, China will extend its “single-window” e-verification processing platform (i.e. declaration of cargo, transportation, payment of taxes/fees, etc.) nationwide.

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  • In May 2017, Zhengzhou International Airport imported 88 MTs of cherries from the USA. The shipment represented the first air freight imports of fresh fruit for 2017.  At the same, it was forecasted that Zhengzhou will import (via air freight) approximately 10,000 MTs of fresh fruit in 2017, making it one of the top Chinese distribution hubs for fresh fruit.
  • In April 2017, free trade zones (FTZ) began operating in the provinces of Liaoning, Zhejiang, Henan, Hubei, Sichuan, and Shaanxi, as well as Chongqing municipality. It was noted that Henan’s FTZ would transform the province into a national transport and logistics hub.
  • In August 2016, China’s Minister of Commerce announced that FTZs would be established in the provinces of Liaoning, Zhejiang, Shaanxi, and Henan. At the time of the announcement, no deadline had been set for the establishment of the new FTZs. The future FTZs in Henan and Shaanxi are expected to link up and boost China’s “One Belt, One Road” trade initiative. During the same month, Henan’s Zhengzhou airport began imported Canadian blueberries for the first time. According to the Deputy General Manager of Banda Tianyuan International Logistics, Zhengzhou Airport will look to become a major fresh fruit importer and distributor.
  • In January 2016, Mexico reported difficulties in exporting agricultural goods via air freight to Henan Province.  At the time, the Mexican States of Guadalajara and Jalisco had not successfully established direct air routes with Henan Province. These two Mexican regions were instead shipping to China via Chicago, Alaska, and Hong Kong.
  • In March 2015, Mexico and Henan Province signed a Memorandum of Understanding to launch direct flights between Guadalajara, Jalisco and Henan. Mexico intended to export melons, papayas, avocados, berries, and other fresh produce to China.

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