12/04/2024 07:20 PM

KUALA LUMPUR, April 12 (Bernama) -- A shipment of approximately 18.5 tonnes of washed white duck feathers imported by Jialu Feather Products Co Ltd through Qinzhou Port passed customs inspection smoothly after joint supervision by Qinzhou Port Customs and Guigang Customs on March 28.

This shipment marked the successful implementation of the General Administration of Customs' pilot reform of imported washed feather and down customs clearance supervision in Guigang, Guangxi Zhuang Autonomous Region.

"The goods were shipped from overseas to Guigang and cleared customs in just eight days. This new model is 17 days faster than the traditional customs clearance via Hong Kong, significantly reducing time and economic costs!" said the company’s General Manager in Guigang, Yang Chaodong.

Meanwhile, Secretary of the Gangnan District Committee of Guigang City, Tao Jianquan introduced that the down industry is a traditional advantageous industry in the Gangnan District of Guigang.

There are currently 170 feather and down processing enterprises, processing approximately 90,000 tonnes of feathers and down per year, accounting for about 28 per cent of China's total feather and down processing volume and 18 per cent of the world's total.

In recent years, Guigang has seized the opportunities of the construction of the Western Land-Sea Corridor, implemented a three-year action plan for industrial transformation and upgrading, in a bid to optimise the business environment and promote the upgrading of the down industry.

As a result, a complete industry chain from primary feather sorting and processing to washed feather and down processing and down product processing has taken shape.

In 2023, the total output value of the down industry in the Gangnan District of Guigang reached 4.7 billion Chinese yuan, according to the Publicity Department of Gangnan District in a statement. (100 Chinese yuan = RM65.90)

However, about 40 per cent of the raw materials need to be imported from abroad, with an annual import demand of 30,000 to 50,000 tonnes.

In order to support the upgrading and development of the down industry in Guangxi, the General Administration of Customs recently issued a pilot reform plan for imported washed feather and down customs clearance supervision, aiming to leverage the supervision resource advantages of Qinzhou Port, Guigang Port, and local customs to optimise the customs clearance supervision operation mode for imported washed feather and down.


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