Recently, the General Administration of Customs held a symposium with the representatives of the People’s Congress of Hebei Province and Provincial CPPCC members at Hebei Taihang State Guesthouse. Other attendants included Zhang Huawei, director of the General Office, Cui Xinping, director of Department of Customs Control and Inspection, Zhao Yan, director of Department of Processing Trade and Customs Bonded Operation of the General Administration of Customs, Long Xianglin, deputy director of General Office (bureau for cultural relations with foreign countries) of the Standing Committee of the National People’s Congress, Liang Leining, deputy director of General Office of CPPCC Committee for Handling Proposals, Lian Wensheng, chief of Shijiazhuang Customs and other 11 representatives of the People’s Congress of Hebei Province and provincial CPPCC members. Liu Ruiling, chairman of the group also attended the meeting as a representative of the People's Congress of Hebei Province.
The director Zhang Huawei, who presided over the symposium, firstly briefed the representatives of Provincial People’s Congress and the Provincial CPPCC members about the duties and achievements of the General Administration of Customs in recent years. He said the General Administration of Customs always attached great importance to the proposals of the representatives and the CPPCC members; He also said the Customs director Yu Guangzhou had given significant instructions on those proposals, that was to implement earnestly the proposals related to customs and handle the proposals satisfactorily by frequently communicating with the representatives face to face instead of communicating by documents only. Moreover, he indicated that the General Administration of Customs had always been committed to the construction of international logistics channel and lowering customs clearance costs to promote the development of importing/exporting enterprises. Later, Lian Wensheng, chief of Shijiazhuang Customs introduced the working results achieved during the past 29 years since the establishment of Shijiazhuang Customs from four aspects, i.e. freight regulation, duty collection and management,combating smuggling and import/export trade. In 2015, the annual import/export volume of Shijiazhuang Customs reached 380 million tons, ranking third in China. He suggested that enterprises should take advantage of relative policies to reduce costs and accelerate development.
Chairman Liu Ruiling made a speech at the meeting as the representative. He said that through this symposium, they had a better understanding of customs and its duties. After the meeting, he would organize the staff of the group to study customs-related policies to actively reduce the import/export costs and accelerate development of the company. Meanwhile, he focused on introducing to the leaders of General Administration of Customs and Shijiazhuang Customs the South-Central Hebei Road-Railway Intermodal Smart Port project, which was the key project corresponding to the Beijing-Tianjin-Hebei Coordinative Development and “The Belt and Road”policy, and the bonded logistic center(Type B) constructed as key supporting facilities. Relying on railway resources of the smart port, the project would apply for opening of China-Europe Container Express and China-Central Asia Container Express to integrate this special railway line into the national railway network of “The Belt and Road”, thus connecting the modern equipment manufacturing industry in Beijing, Tianjin and Hebei with that of Europe and Central Asia. An interactive development platform for China, Asia and Europe would be established to create favorable conditions for industrial restructuring and development of high-end industries in Beijing-Tianjin-Hebei region. The leaders of the General Administration of Customs and the Shijiazhuang Customs and other representatives expressed their appreciation for the development ideas of the chairman.
After the meeting, the chairman submitted the layout planning and application documents of the bonded logistics center (Type B)of South-Central Hebei Road-Railway Intermodal Smart Port project to the leaders of the General Administration of Customs and the Shijiazhuang Customs.