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Keelung Customs Kicks off Maritime Express Consignments Clearance System

54301537271.JPGIn light of the inauguration of the first Maritime Express Handling Unit (MEHU) at the Port of Taipei, Keelung Customs commenced the maritime express consignments clearance system on April 30, 2015. The MEHU has been established in response to the increase in shipping routes and the launch of “Roll in/Roll off” (RORO) services between the two sides of the Taiwan Straits. The Customs will allow maritime express consignments to be cleared through simplified clearance procedures around the clock.

Keelung Customs pointed out that as it takes only about three hours for maritime express operators to transport merchandise from the ports in China’s Zhejiang and Fujian Provinces to Taiwan and get the goods cleared through Customs, the new system will allow e-commerce operators to have another option for transporting goods across the Taiwan Straits. On the other hand, since the Port of Taipei is simply about 20 minutes drive from Taoyuan International Airport, the new practice can help Taiwanese enterprises to explore their market shares in Europe and America by shipping e-commerce items manufactured on the western side of the Taiwan Straits to the markets by means of sea-air combined transport mode. Therefore, it is of benefit to the economic development and employment in Taiwan.

Keelung Customs further said that in addition to the first MEHU inaugurated today, another MEHU will kick off operation in this coming July. To date, a total of six express consignment operators have been approved by the Customs to deal with maritime express consignment business, which are expected to bring in 25,000 tons of cargo for Taiwan. To further achieve the goal of one submission for clearance in two sides, the Customs Administration plans to negotiate with its counterpart in China to establish a maritime express consignments clearance information platform under the Economic Cooperation Framework Agreement (ECFA) between the two sides, so as to create an even more facilitated clearance environment.

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  • Publish Date:2015-04-30
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