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China: Pilot digital trial reduces documentation time for Zhoushan bunkering ops

10 Dec 2021

The following article where information was supplied by our China correspondence was first published by Manifold Times on 10 December. An online translation service was used in the production of the current editorial piece:

The General Administration of Customs of the People’s Republic of China on 2 December said a trial test of digital technologies resulted in reduced documentation waiting time for bunkering operations at Zhoushan port.

The trial involved Zhejiang Haigang International Trade Co., Ltd. first applying to Zhoushan Customs for the export of 2,300 metric tonnes (mt) of bonded fuel oil. 

After the online approval from Zhoushan Customs, the documents were sent directly via the internet to the receiving party.

Nearly two days of waiting time were saved due to the elimination of the circulation of paper documents.

“The smooth handling of this business marks the official launch of the paperless pilot project for the direct supply of bonded fuel oil across customs zones by Hangzhou Customs,” stated the government.

“This is the first time that such business pilots have been carried out nationwide.”

The organisation, meanwhile, noted Hangzhou Customs focusing on other projects for refining the entire oil and gas industry chain at the Zhejiang Free Trade Pilot Zone.

Various initiatives, including the “online declaration + remote supervision” model of ship fuel supply, the “one-port acceptance” platform for bonded fuel refueling, and other services, have further reduced the time required to complete the entire physical fuel supply process by 6.5 hours, it adds. 

Another “one order, multiple reports” pilot has also reduced the average time required to complete the entry and exit procedures of a single ship by 80%.

The above developments, shared during the Sixth Plenary Session of the Nineteenth Central Committee of the Party, are introduced with the target of effectively promoting the rapid growth of the supply of bonded fuel oil at Chinese ports.


Photo credit: Manifold Times
Published: 10 December, 2021

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