On November 21, People’s Daily published an article in the 6th edition of the “5th Anniversary of Tianjin Pilot Free Trade Zone”, reporting that the Tianjin Pilot Free Trade Zone (Tianjin PFTZ for short) serves the coordinated development of the Beijing-Tianjin-Hebei region and supports the “going global” of Beijing-Tianjin-Hebei enterprises, as well as experience in customs clearance supervision mode, reform of “streamlining administration, management and services”, institutional innovation, etc.
At 0:00 on November 11, the online shopping spree started: in the Dongjiang Bonded Port Area Cross-border E-commerce Distribution Center of Tianjin PFTZ, logistics operations vehicles are constantly moving...
On this day, the largest cross-border e-commerce automated warehouse in northern China was put into use in Dongjiang Bonded Port Area. “The track will deliver the goods one by one, and it is not necessary to climb the ladder anymore!” Pang Hongqiang, the SF Express cargo sorter, said excitedly.
Opening of maritime free trade channel can reduce logistics costs by 1/4.
Not only SF, NetEase Koala, Jingdong Global Purchase, Ali Cainiao, Vipshop, Jumei.com, Xiaohongshu and other cross-border e-commerce giants have settled in the Tianjin PFTZ. “This is the largest distribution center in the north, with a warehouse area of 110,000 square meters. The goods on the Netease Koala are stocked here.” Cui Junjie, general manager of Netease Koala Tianjin, said that the logistics operation center was put into operation in August last year, and then it has imported nearly 2,300 containers of goods, a monthly increase of 30%. Tianjin Customs has accepted cross-border e-commerce online shopping since the Tianjin PFTZ implemented the supervision mode reform of cross-border e-commerce for “pre-recording management, quarantine in the PFTZ, risk monitoring in the event, verification of release in the PFTZ, and quality traceability of the whole process”. The list of bonded import declarations was 757.09 million items. During the “Single Day” period this year, the cross-border e-commerce volume in the Tianjin PFTZ exceeded 2 million bills.
Looking back at the beginning of the year, a "Yalv River" wheel carrying 34 parallel imported cars slowly exited from the Dongjiang Bonded Port Area of the Tianjin PFTZ and successfully arrived at the Caofeidian Comprehensive Bonded Zone Terminal, realizing functional extension of the Tianjin PFTZ to the port in Hebei province. "In the past, Hebei's international ocean shipping container routes were relatively small. A large number of foreign trade import container cargoes were selected for customs clearance in Tianjin Port and then transferred to various ports in Hebei Province. The logistics cost increased and the customs clearance efficiency was not high. After the opening of the free trade channel at sea, the logistics cost of parallel imported cars in Hebei has been reduced by a quarter," said a cargo owner from Hebei.
This set of law enforcement supervision system has become a new batch of best practice cases in the pilot free trade pilot zone of the Ministry of Commerce with "a system as support, a team as a guarantee, and a platform as the basis".
Implementation of "one seal for approval" enables the approval time limit to be reduced by more than 50%.
As the first pilot free trade zone in northern China, the Tianjin PFTZ has been listed for more than three years, and the reform and opening-up dividend has been fully released. Yang Maorong, deputy secretary general of Tianjin Municipal Government, governor of Binhai New Area, and executive director of the Administrative Committee of Tianjin PFTZ, said that the Tianjin PFTZ has added a total of 45,000 market entities, which is twice as large as before, and the registered capital exceeds 1.6 trillion yuan. As of the end of October, among the 128 tasks approved by the State Council to further deepen the reform plan for the China (Tianjin) Pilot Free Trade Zone, the Tianjin PFTZ has completed 77 projects; it has reported 127 pilot experiences and 31 innovative practice cases while 15 experience and three cases were replicated and promoted nationwide. The financial innovations approved for implementation were fully implemented.
The reform of “streamlining administration, management and services” was further advanced. The Tianjin PFTZ has established a centralized and unified administrative examination and approval institution, and has undertaken 235 municipal-level examination and approval and service matters; the implementation of “one seal for approval” has reduced the time limit for approval by more than 50%. It accelerates the pilot reform of the "Separation of Licenses" and initiated the reform of 92 administrative licensing items. In the country, the company has taken the lead in realizing the establishment of “one photo, one code, one stamp, one ticket, one record” and one-day closure. It has fully implemented the negative list management for foreign investment and the implementation of foreign investment archival management in areas outside the negative list so that the processing time can be reduced from 8 working days to 1 working day, and among all 2119 newly added foreign-funded enterprises, 99% use the archival system to be established. It will promote the reform of overseas investment management methods, and the time for completion will be shortened from three months to one day.
The level of trade facilitation continues to increase. It has established a single window of international trade with more than 130 service functions, with more than 10,000 service companies, and a cumulative declaration of 8 million cases, a 25% increase in reporting efficiency. 29 convenience measures were introduced, and the average customs clearance time was shortened from one or two days to two hours, saving customs declaration costs by 70%; cargo circulation time was reduced by 50%, and logistics costs were reduced by 30%.
Promoting institutional innovation and introducing more than 50 innovation initiatives and service commitments
It is by bold innovation and "out of nothing" that the Tianjin PFTZ has given birth to the first aircraft financing lease in China and the first offshore leasing. At present, more than 3,400 financial leasing companies have gathered here, with a total of over 1,200 leased aircrafts, 145 ships and 13 offshore oil rigs. The leased assets exceed 1 trillion yuan, accounting for 1/3 of the country.
In September this year, 15 companies reported by Tianjin Municipality became the third batch of parallel imported automobile pilot enterprises in Tianjin PFTZ. The inspection and certification will not exceed 5 days, and the port can provide free storage for 7 days... More than 50 innovations and service commitments will help the institutional innovation to accelerate. At present, 9 of the top 10 parallel importers in the country are Tianjin enterprises. "In the next step, we will make every effort to build a full-service chain for parallel imports automobiles, and build a national parallel import vehicle big data center and sales pricing center," Zhang Zhongdong, deputy head of Tianjin Binhai New Area and full-time deputy director of the Administrative Committee of Tianjin PFTZ said.
Serving the coordinated development of the Beijing-Tianjin-Hebei region is the original mission of the Tianjin PFTZ. It has set up a Beijing-Tianjin-Hebei industrial structure adjustment and guidance fund with a total scale of 10 billion yuan. The market share of the newly added market participants from the Beijing-Tianjin-Hebei region is over 50%. The Beijing-Tianjin-Hebei customs clearance integration has enabled enterprises from Beijing and Hebei to shorten the customs clearance time at Tianjin Port by three days, and unified the Beijing-Tianjin-Hebei online tax service platform to promote mutual recognition of qualifications, mutual assistance and information exchange.