BEIJING, March 12 (Xinhua) -- Guangxi Zhuang Autonomous Region in southern China will take a slew of measures in 2019 to improve opening-up level of its ports and enhance related construction, in a bid to foster foreign trade growth, said Jiang Liansheng, head of the Department of Commerce of Guangxi, in an interview with China News Service.
According to Jiang, the autonomous region will formulate and issue a three-year action plan this year to lift the comprehensive capacity of its ports in the 2019-2021 period.
Guangxi will also open expressways connecting to Vietnam to traffic, broaden the dedicated avenue for cargo at the Friendship Pass and speed up the construction of smart wharves, forging big ports, channels and logistics.
Besides, Gungaxi will endeavor to further shorten the overall customs clearance time by building China-Vietnam "model" ports, piloting innovative "green channel" for agricultural products and promoting joint inspections by related authorities.
The autonomous region, which boasts 12 border ports and 26 trading points for border residents of China and Vietnam, possesses advantages in developing port economy, Jiang noted.
It is reported that the cargo imports and exports of Guangxi's ports in 2018 registered a year-on-year growth of 14 percent to 119 million metric tons (tonnes).
Estimation showed that the overall customs clearance time regarding imports and exports of ports in Guangxi were cut by 60.58 percent and 89.48 percent respectively in 2018. (Edited by Gu Shanshan)