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Belt hook exhibition held at China Port Museum

A special exhibition for ancient belt hooks kicked off at China Port Museum on April 21, where over 400 pieces of belt hooks are on display to show the exquisite life of the ancient people and the cultural elements in life. This is the first exhibition of its kind in China with the theme of belt hooks.

Belt hooks are the hooks used for holding the belts by aristocrats, scholars and warriors of ancient China, also known as "Xibi" (especially golden belt hooks). They first appeared during the Liangzhu Culture period about 4000 years ago, became popular during the Spring and Autumn Period, and were replaced by belt buckles after the Han and Jin Dynasties. Belt hooks are the symbols for aristocracy and dignity in ancient China, as well as manifestation of the Chinese culture.

In addition to some collections of the port museum, a large majority of the exhibition are from the Guangyi Cultural Agency. The exhibition, an important move in the cooperation with private resources by China Port Museum, is sure to play a positive role in protecting, researching, publicizing and inheriting the distinctive culture of the Chinese nation and exploring the civil resources. The exhibition, open to the citizens for free, will last until July 2.


Cross-border e-commerce brisk in Ningbo

With the implementation of the new policies over the past two years, Ningbo has witnessed great development of cross-border e-commerce. According to the statistics released recently by Ningbo Customs, over the past two years, the customs has approved 84.61 million cross-border e-commerce import declarations, with the total value of about 15 billion yuan, achieving the annual growth rates of 70.5% and 56.24% respectively. The cross-border e-commerce platforms cover over 3000 kinds of goods, attracting over 30 million consumers.

The e-commerce enterprises have benefited a lot. "With the beneficial policies, our company has developed well. Last year, the number of import declaration orders reached 4.7 million, with the transaction volume of 1.1 billion yuan, up by 110% and 140% respectively." said Fang Lv, Warehouse Manager of Yongyou Trade Co. Ltd. at Ningbo Bonded Zone. The new policies help to facilitate the operations of the businesses at the bonded zone. For instance, during the transitional period of the new policies, such documents as the customs clearance forms can be omitted for the stocking up of the platforms, which has improved the range of goods and efficiency of clearance, and shorted the logistics cycle.

For further convenience, Ningbo Customs and other related supervision departments have established the new supervision models in line with the new policies. "We now use the X-ray automatic supervising equipment, which have such functions as automatic weighing, X-ray picturing, comparing of single goods on the same screen, and sorting. As for the general cross-border packages, the clearance time has shortened from several minutes to only 20 seconds, improving the customs clearance speed by over 80%." said a person in charge from Ningbo Customs.

So far, six bonded areas in Ningbo has launched the cross-border e-commerce business in the models of online shopping bonded import, direct shopping import and general import, including Ningbo Bonded Zone, Ningbo Lishe Airport, Ningbo Lishe Bonded Logistics Center, Meishan Bonded Port, Cixi Export Processing Zone and Ningbo International Mail Exchange Bureau. The multi-venue coordinated business model has been developed instead of the original single online shopping bonded import model at Ningbo Bonded Zone.

As is reported, there have been over 920 pilot enterprises for cross-border e-commerce in Ningbo


World's Largest Oil Tanker Completed Its "Marine Declaration" in Ningbo

On August 4th, the world's largest oil tanker "TI Europe" made a declaration to Ningbo Customs when 260,000 tons of Oman crude oil and 110,000 tons of Saudi intermediate oil were transported to Daxie port. The Ningbo Customs wasted no time to open the “Green Channel” and quickly completed customs procedures for the cargo.

"Marine declaration" refers to a facilitation measure for customs clearance in Ningbo customs. Enterprises can declare to the customs before the goods arrive at the port. Specifically, when import and export enterprises get the cargo lists or inventories and identified the name, specification and quantity of the goods, they can deal with the customs procedures within three days before the cargo arrives at the customs supervision zone or at the port. The goods can be released quickly by sending a tally report to the customs office after they are actually in port.

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Four Technological Institutions Settle in Ningbo Hangzhou Bay New Zone

The Park of Quality Supervision & Public Technology Service in Ningbo Hangzhou Bay New Zone has recently been put into use. Four technological institutions of Ningbo Municipal Administration of Quality and Technology Supervision have settled in the park, which are the Inspection Station of Hangzhou Bay New Zone affiliated to Ningbo Special Equipment Inspection & Research Institute, Zhejiang Lighting Products Quality Inspection Center, the  Geometrical Measurement Lab of Hangzhou Bay New Zone affiliated to Ningbo Municipal Institute of Metrology and Ningbo Municipal Institute of Standardization branch in Hangzhou Bay New Zone. They all provide technical support for the industrial transformation and upgrading of Hangzhou Bay New Zone. 
Hangzhou Bay New Zone, a manufacturing center of regional automobiles and their spare parts, and a national production base of seal elements, has obvious advantages in such industries as general aviation, the intellectual electric apparatus, new material, the biotech and the high-end equipments. It is a home to around 8000 sets regional special equipments, boasting huge potential of development.

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Daxie Development Zone witnesses increase of crude oil imports

It is learned from the management committee of the Daxie Development Zone that in the first half of this year, the zone received a total load of 14.227 million tons of crude oil, including 8.38 million tons from the countries of the belt and road area, accounting for 59% of the total imports.

Reportedly, all the crude oil imports are unloaded by Shihua Wharf and Ningbo Daxie PetroChina Fuel Oil Terminal Co. Ltd. In recent years, with its unique geographical advantages and the ever-increasing unloading capacity, the zone has been receiving about one tenth of the total crude oil imports in China annually.

The Shihua Wharf has one 250,000-ton berth and a 20,000-ton berth. Since the launching of the Belt and Road Initiative, we have received more crude oil imports from the countries of the belt and road area year by year. said a person in charge from the company. The initiative has brought new opportunities for the company. Since the launching of the initiative, the target crude oil suppliers have been expanded to Asia, Africa and the South America, with the imports from the belt and road area growing steadily. The ESPO from Russia, the AXL from Saudi Arabia and the IH from Iran are imported for the first time. So far, the wharf has received and unloaded 20 kinds of crude oil imports, greatly ensuring the domestic needs

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