Ma’anshan Comprehensive Free Trade Zone passed an acceptance test on Wednesday before going into operation, Anhui Daily reports.
The test was jointly conducted by eight ministries including the General Administration of Customs, the Ministry of Commerce and the Ministry of Natural Resources.
In August 2016, the State Council, China’s cabinet, gave the nod to the establishment of the zone, the third of its kind in Anhui province following one in Hefei, capital of the province, and the other in Wuhu city.
Situated two kilometers away from Zhengpu Port in Ma’anshan city, the zone will make the best use of its advantages in water transportation to provide bonded processing, logistics and other related services.
Unlike the bonded zones in Hefei and Wuhu, the Ma’anshan free trade zone will connect with the port “seamlessly” as the route between the two facilities will be monitored by customs.
A 16-kilometer-long highway network has been completed in the zone, which is designed to cover an area of 2.001 square kilometers.
As it has passed the national acceptance test, an opening ceremony for the zone is just around the corner.