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16th Sports Meet to be held on August 8

On the afternoon of August 4, the organizing committee of the 16th Sports Meet of Ningbo said the event would be held on August 8. Some items have already been held from April to July. Among the players, about 300 are from migrants from outside Ningbo.

The sports meet is held every four years. There are altogether over 70 items, with participants totaling 10,000. Different from previous sessions, the sports meet this year have more migrant people participating. "To have more new Ningboese participate is good to popularize sports among the citizens. It's good to the social management, too", said an official of the sports bureau.

August 8 is the third national fitness day of China. To welcome opening of the sports meet and the third national fitness day, the sports bureau decided to open the sports facilities to the public. Sport games are encouraged.

Costa Rica-bound exports to enjoy tariff preferences

The Free Trade Agreement between the People's Republic of China and Costa Rica came to effect on August 1. The CCPIT and the commodity inspection and testing bureau jointly released the PRC-Costal Rica Preferential Certificate of Origin.
According to the agreement, the two countries will impose zero tariffs on 90% of the products of respective countries. Chinese products of textiles, light industry, machinery, electrical appliances, vegetables, automobiles, chemicals, leathers and raw hides, etc, and CR's coffee, beef, pork, pineapple juice, iced orange juice, jam, fish meal, mineral ores, and raw hides will benefit from the reduction of tariffs. 
Previously, CCPIT and its branches started to issue certificates of origin to Bangladesh, India, Laos, Korea, Sri Lanka, New Zealand, Singapore, and Peru.

According to Ningbo Customs last year the exports to the Costa Rica totaled 40300 tons, worth 57 million USD. It imported commodities of 488 tons from Costa Rica, worth 1.05 million USD.

Nigeria-bound products need to have certificates

A couple of days ago, the Standardization Administration of Nigeria initiated the SONCP and market monitoring program, to eliminate unqualified projects in the market. This means that products bound to Nigeria that are under control of SONCAP must obtain SONCAP certificates and received strict supervision.

To better carry out the SONCAP, Nigeria will establish SON departments in major markets, which will serve as information centers where customers can go to identify whether they have bought the authentic products. Products without certifications of SONCAP will be rejected. To ensure importers conforming to the certified procedures, the SON administration has started to charge penalty and cash deposit for products not conforming to SONCAP.

Nigeria mainly depends on imports for industrial products, textiles and garments, building materials and porcelain. In face of increasing trade barriers, many companies of Ningbo are eyeing the Nigerian market. Statistics show that during the first half year, Ningbo has exported 1057 batches of products to Nigeria, worth 38.5 million USD, up 13% and 18 percent respectively. The export structure is getting diversified, including lighting tools, small appliances, garments and textiles, cells , etc.

Inspection and quarantine departments think that the SONCAP certification is the passport to Nigeria and is an important index of the product competitiveness. To obtain it is a must for exporters

Auto Parts Testing Center passed CNAS on-site audit

CNAS sent an audit group to the Ningbo Auto Parts Testing Center to examine the technical capacity and review their work. After three days of hard work, the laboratory successfully passed the audit.

The inspectors examined 52 standards, ranging lighting tools, home appliances, light accessories, lighting sources, etc. This indicates that the Ningbo Auto Parts Center can not only conduct testing services of auto parts, but of lighting equipment, home appliances, and other. It is able to provide technical support and services for the auto parts industry and the electromechanical industry.

French Week Put on

The 2011 Ningbo French Week was opened on the evening of July 30 with some street performances of French Flavor. Vice mayor Cheng Yijun, Zheng Fahua, rep of French Consulate in Shanghai, and Ms Xu Sujuan, chairperson of Alliance Française.

It was put on as part of the Ningbo Shopping Festival 2011. In coming nine days, citizens can enjoy French wine, French foods, culture and customs. Lectures about French education, culture and tourism would be given for Ningbo people to better know of France. Some classic French movies would be shown too.

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