Boxes of live lobsters, abalone and geoducks from North America, Australia and Mexico cleared customs, passed inspection and quarantine and were delivered to local customers yesterday, the first day that the Qianhai Bay Bonded Port Area started to apply a simplified procedure for importing fresh food.
The Bonded Port Area, which is allowed to import fresh goods, invites staff members from Shenzhen Customs and the Shenzhen Entry-Exit Inspection and Quarantine Bureau to work simultaneously by using a newly developed application.
According to the new practice, once the imported goods arrive, the import companies have to fill in an electronic form on the app and submit the information, then the customs officers and staff from the inspection and quarantine bureau will check the goods with the online application and submit their results through the app.
If the goods passed the check, they will be stored at a specially designed warehouse for delivery.
The new system is believed to be able to save at least two hours for importers and provide more fresh food at lower prices to customers.
He Zijun, vice director of the Shenzhen Qianhai-Shekou Pilot Free Trade Zone Authority, said that the practice has achieved three firsts among Chinese cities. He said that Qianhai was the first to welcome fresh food e-commerce, the first to allow customs to work together and at the same time as the inspection and quarantine bureau, and the first to use the app to streamline the procedure.
“Qianhai is now the pilot area for comprehensive e-commerce innovation. It has expanded its e-commerce business from wine and cosmetics to fresh food. With the help of Internet and information services, Qianhai will be a pivot in national cross-border e-commerce,” He said.
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