CHANGCHUN, April 24 (Xinhua) -- Hunchun Cross-border E-commerce Supervision Center endorsed the imports of nearly 10,000 yuan of commodities, which, mainly sea salt, flour and cooking oil from Russia, were the first import supervised under the bonded cross-border trade e-commerce A system in Hunchun, a small border city of Jilin Province, northeast China.
The customs supervision named bonded cross-border trade e-commerce A with a code of 1239, is applicable to cross-border e-commerce retail imports of domestic e-commerce enterprises through the customs special supervision area or bonded logistics center (type B).
In the past few years, cross-border e-commerce trade in Hunchun has achieved leaping development. In August 2018, construction of the Hunchun Cross-border E-commerce Supervision Center project was completed, including the customs inspection and sorting line, supervision warehouse, and information system.
The project only took 10 months from construction, order testing to official operation. At present, Hunchun cross-border E-commerce operators have realized import and export trade of more than 70,000 orders, with the corresponding trade volume reaching more than 60 million yuan.
Li Guibo, deputy director of the administration bureau of Jilin Hunchun export processing zone, said development of cross-border e-commerce in Hunchun benefits from four major advantages.
The first is its location advantage. Geographically, Hunchun is adjacent to Russia's border region of Primorskiy Kray and next to Rason and North Hamgyong province of the Democratic People's Republic of Korea (DPRK). Hunchun city has the only highway port and railway port to Russia in Jilin province.
The second is policy advantage. At present, Hunchun has many foreign trade platforms, such as the international cooperation demonstration zone, the border economic cooperation zone, Sino-Russia mutual trade zone and the comprehensive bonded zone, and enjoys a string of preferential policies including those for ethnic frontier regions and policies on western development, northeast rejuvenation and border opening up.
Thirdly, Hunchun is home to a large Korean ethnic minority population and also has many talents proficient in Russian and Japanese, enabling it to carry out cross-border e-commerce with neighboring countries such as the Republic of Korea, Japan, and Russia.
Finally, Hunchun adopts a unified cross-border e-commerce mode, under which application, inspection, shipment and other procedures are completed in the same organization in a centralized and unified way, with more standardized procedures and faster speed.
In cross-border e-commerce trade with Russia, mobile phones, tablet computers, televisions and other electronic products are hot commodities, said Hou Zhenxin, operating manager of cross-border regulatory and supervision center of Hunchun Cross-border E-commerce Service Co., Ltd.
Different from China, Russia allows air transportation of lithium batteries, and these lithium batteries are transported across Hunchun overland to nearby Russian airports and then delivered around the country to their buyers.
Recent years, trade with Russia became the highlights of Hunchun's foreign trade and also promoted the development of Jilin province's trade with Russia. In 2018, Hunchun's trade with Russia reached 4.61 billion yuan, up 90.1 percent year on year and accounting for more than 70 percent of the total foreign trade of Jilin province with Russia.
Last year, Jilin's imports of agricultural products, aquatic products and timber from Russia all rose significantly, said Li Tianzi, a professor of Northeast Asian Studies College, Jilin University.
Yet development of cross-border e-commerce in Hunchun has not stopped. Hunchun is actively applying for a pilot program to remove the procedure such as "customs clearance forms" and better promote development of local cross-border E-commerce industry.
Currently, Hunchun Comprehensive Bonded Zone is building warehouses of 20,000 square meters for reserving import and export goods and will also use warehouse management system (WMS). Besides, the city also plans to build a 3C maintenance center for electronic products to better facilitate cross-border E-commerce, Li Guibo said. (Contributed by Guan Ziru, Edited by Duan Jing)