Starting in 2015, Anhui, Jiangsu and Zhejiang provinces and Shanghai will integrate entry-exit inspection and quarantine, according to a memo signed on Wednesday.
Quarantine authorities from the four provincial regions in the Yangtze River Delta gathered in Hangzhou, capital of Zhejiang province vowing to break down administrative barriers and streamline quarantine procedures.
The memo says exported goods which have passed the check by local inspection and quarantine bureau will be cleared without being subject to customs inspection. Similarly, imports are subject to only one inspection, whether at the customs or at the inspection and quarantine authority, depending on importers' pick.
That policy will benefit foreign trade dealers in Anhui, which sees more than 60 percent of local imports and exports cleared at Shanghai customs and around 20 percent at Jiangsu customs, said Wang Meng, who works for the Anhui Entry-Exit Inspection and Quarantine Bureau.
A rough estimate suggests owing to the integration of provincial inspection and quarantine systems, an enterprise may cut clearance and logistics costs each by 20-30 percent.