A Chinese first: Beilun Port adopts “one certificate for all” service

by Canadian Shipper

East China’s Beilun port in Zhejiang Province will be the first in the country to implement a policy of “one certificate for all”, reports the Xinhua News Agency.

After inspection and approval by the port police, the port general office will issue certificates to enterprises dealing with international liners. This certificate will be effective for all business at every dock.

A total of 23 enterprises provide supplies and maintenance for international liners. However, their efficiency has been greatly reduced because they have had to obtain up to a dozen certificates for different types of business at different docks.

Beilun Port, one of the country’s four-largest deepwater ports, has established connections with 518 ports in 84 countries and regions. An average of seven regular international passenger or cargo ships leaves the port every day.

The port general office’s director, Lin Yong, said, “The streamlining is a way of adapting ourselves to China’s entry to the World Trade Organization.”

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