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China, Mongolia launch first cross-border ‘green channel’ for farm produce

Updated: Sep 20,2018 4:14 PM     Xinhua

HOHHOT — As 10 refrigerated trucks loaded with fruits and vegetables crossed the China-Mongolia border on Sept 20, the two countries inaugurated their first “green channel” for cross-border trade of farm produce.

From now on, trucks with authorized stickers running between the border cities of Ereenhot and Zamyn-Uud will be given priority in customs clearance, according to Zhang Hongwei, chief of the customs in Ereenhot.

China and Mongolia will also share data on cargo lists and declaration information and jointly supervise the produce shipped between the two countries, Zhang said.

“The green channel will facilitate the clearance procedures and cut time and cost so as to minimize the loss of perishable farm produce during shipping,” he added.

Trade volume through the crossing between Ereenhot and Zamyn-Uud accounts for more than 70 percent of cross-border trade between China and Mongolia.

In the first eight months of this year, China’s export of farm produce through the crossing reached 330 million yuan (about $47 million), up 23.4 percent year-on-year.