5.5 tons longan and coconut from Thailand were discharged at the auto container terminal of Qingdao Port and sent to Huangdao customs imported fruit inspection platform of Qingdao Customs on November 17, 2022. Half an hour later, this batch of fruit set out for the major fruits transaction markets across adjacent provinces and cities after completion of customs inspection and clearance procedures.
Qingdao Port is the largest refrigerated container port in China, its imported fresh fruit mainly comes from RCEP member countries like Thailand and Indonesia. At present, Qingdao Port has opened 13 shipping lines to and from Port of Laem Chabang and Bangkok Port every week and imported fruit from Thailand can arrive in Qingdao Port in 7 days.
As per the requirements of simplifying customs procedures and facilitating trade of RCEP, Qingdao Customs introduced 25 measures to assist Shandong Province to grasp the RCEP opportunities and release perishable cargo from an RCEP member country within 6 hours after complete information of the cargo is submitted, excluding the circumstances that customs need to inspect or handle.
Since the occurrence of COVID-19 pandemic, Qingdao Customs introduced new inspection model to promote the customs clearance of imported fruits and the fruit importer or agent doesn’t go on site to assist customs inspection and they just wait the inspection result online. At the same time, the custom authority opened a “green channel” for the import of fresh and live agricultural products and realized imported fruit fast inspection.
For fruits that are not suitable for inspection at port, the procedure of "advance declaration and two-stage access" can allow containers loaded with imported fruits to be picked up from Qingdao Port and transferred to the warehouse of Qingdao Dongfang Dingxin International Agricultural Products Transaction Center in Jimo District, and then the import or agent can apply for customs Inspection, which can greatly reduce custom clearance time and enhance efficiency.
Smooth logistics and convenient and efficient customs clearance facilitate more high quality Thailand fruit import through the port and promote economic and trade interaction between the two countries. As per data from Qingdao Customs, in the first 10 months of the year, 23,400 tons tropical fruit from Thailand were imported via Qingdao Port, up 41.54% year-on-year.