SIP Opens the First Port Clearance Service Hall in Suzhou
Suzhou Industrial Park Administrative Committee (SIPAC), the State Administration of Foreign Exchange (SAFE) Suzhou Office, SIP Customs, SIP Entry-Exit Inspection and Quarantine Office, and SIP Industry & Commerce Bureau held a joint press conference on January 13, announcing the opening of the city's first port customs clearance service hall on January 24. Offering comprehensive customs clearance services, the hall makes one-stop import & export services possible for the first time in Suzhou.
As a result, local importers and exporters can do all the required paperwork at one place, which signifies a major step in the change from administration-centered to service-oriented SIP authorities.
After 17 years of continuous development, Suzhou Industrial Park has become one of the leading national model development zones with the best efficiency. As SIP is picking up the fast lane and keeping introducing new services, the area gathers more and more import and export businesses, which injects more energy into export-oriented economy and at the same time brings along more pressure on the management. Due to rapid growth of demand, current facilities and staff are far from being enough.
To solve the problem, SIPAC proposed to launch the city's first customs clearance service hall in SIP Integrated Free Trade Zone through the coordination of SAFE Suzhou Office, SIP Customs, SIP Entry-Exit Inspection and Quarantine Office, and SIP Industry & Commerce Bureau. The hall covers a floor area of over 5,000 square meters and is equipped with the advanced facilities, offering comprehensive customs clearance services.
Integrating the functions of customs, entry-exit inspection and quarantine, industry & commerce administration, foreign exchange administration, business & trade service, as well as customs clearance, freight forwarding, and other logistics services, the Hall offers one-stop import & export services from corporate registration & approval, import & export business processing, to payment and bank settlement.
January 14, 2011