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Now ‘is the ideal time to get more out of CIIE’

A legislator has called for more effort to make better use of the China International Import Expo during the novel coronavirus pandemic.

Wang Wei, a deputy to the National People’s Congress and vice general manager of the Shanghai Textile Decoration Corp, said that as the pandemic was not over and the global economy was facing a severe recession, efforts should be made to expand the expo’s “radiation effect,” to continue to magnify its “spillover” and boost recovery of the global economy.

Wang said support polices had not yet fully covered the long-term import of foreign goods.

CIIE exhibits can enjoy a series of preferential customs policies. However, at present, these policies still cannot be applied to the exhibition and trading of imported goods after the CIIE.

Wang suggested changes to customs supervision.

She suggested, for example, Shanghai should clear the way for the purchase, extended exhibition and sale of CIIE exhibits to allow them to be sold in accordance with cross-border e-commerce after they are transferred to bonded warehouses.

The procedures for obtaining licenses should be simplified, so as to further reduce exhibitors’ participation costs, and to enable purchases to be made faster and more convenient.

As the pandemic had affected global trade, there were still defects in the distribution of imported and exported goods in Shanghai.

Since the outbreak, sea, air and road transport had all been greatly affected. Some goods that would have come by sea or air had been switched to rail.

From January to April, China launched 2,920 trains linking China and Europe, with the number of trains and cargo transported increasing 24 percent and 27 percent, year on year. Trains have become important for connecting the supply chain of Central Europe and Central Asia.

But there are not yet any trains connecting Central Europe from Shanghai, she said. The city should keep working on the establishment of an Asian import distribution center that can serve as an export, import and transit port.

The extended exhibition services at the second CIIE had achieved good results but there were too few platforms offering such services. Also, most of the platforms were in remote areas and geographically dispersed, affecting the flow of customers.

Wang suggested strengthening the hardware construction of import and export distribution, taking the opportunity of the expo to build the Asian import distribution center, and establish an integrated platform system in the Yangtze River Delta offering extended exhibition services.

In addition, as the “non-contact economy” during the pandemic may have a negative impact on the social influence and spillover effect of the expo, Wang called for launching an online expo and promoting development of a digital CIIE.

The CIIE should use digital technology to better support the more efficient and immediate delivery of expo-related information, Wang said.


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