a pivotal city along the Belt & Road, Zhanjiang has been
continuously enhancing its presence on the international stage in recent
years with its favorable business environment, high-profile
exhibitions, and widespread economic cooperation network.
to the Zhanjiang Customs, the city's foreign trade with countries along
the Belt & Road route reached 9.4 billion yuan ($1.5 billion) last
year, of which export volume accounted for 7.64 billion yuan. Furniture,
electromechanical, steel and aquatic products are Zhanjiang's most
popular exports in the international market.
city's booming trade owes a lot to support from local customs
authorities, streamlined clearance procedures, and national customs
clearance integration reform. The average clearance time was cut by more
than a half in 2017.
transport is another behind-the-scene factor. Zhanjiang Port now
operates 15 shipping lanes, connecting Zhanjiang with Singapore,
Vietnam, Malaysia and Thailand. This year, it plans to build more
transfer stations across the world, while adding more vessels with a
exhibitions are one of the most significant platforms for a city
looking to go global. For example, the China Marine Economy Expo (CMEE)
alone attracted more than 3,200 enterprises from 63 countries and
regions in 2017, with 33 projects worth 77 billion yuan being confirmed.
overseas chambers of commerce have signed strategic cooperation
agreements with Zhanjiang at CMEE, Zhanjiang-ASEAN Agriculture Trade
Fair, and China International Aquatic Products Exposition last year.