First Chenglingji-Hong Kong Direct Voyage Launched

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A cargo ship loaded with fireworks set out from the Yueyang Chenglingji New Port on February 20, 2021, and will arrive in Hong Kong in ten days. It is the first direct cargo ship trip between Chenglingji Port and Hong Kong in 2021. It is a milestone for Hunan¡¯s opening-up.

A launching ceremony was held on the day. Chen Gehui, vice-mayor of Yueyang, declared the voyage departure. Zhang Ling, deputy secretary general of the Yueyang Municipal People¡¯s Government, chaired the ceremony. Departmental leaders attended, including Wang Wenhua, Zhou Yuping, and Li Yuedong from the Chenglingji New Port Area; Li Jianhua from the Yueyang Comprehensive Bonded Area; and, Yueyang¡¯s port, maritime, and custom authority officials.

Chenglingji Port, Hunan¡¯s only national first-class water port, is a convenient export channel for Hunan¡¯s fireworks and other specialties, and also a direct international trade port. Yueyang is developing a comprehensive shipping logistics center in the middle reaches of the Yangtze River, and accelerating development of the Hunan Pilot Free Trade Zone Yueyang Area, said Vice Mayor Chen. Next, Yueyang will boost smart port construction, expand collaboration and opening up, and facilitate shipping trips towards Hong Kong, in order to ensure the voyage operates in full capacity and make it a ¡°golden water route¡± connecting Yueyang, and the entire province, with the world.

The direct route saves four days by reducing customs clearance procedures and logistics costs, compared to the former route through Shanghai.

¡°With regular operations, the Yueyang-Hong Kong direct route will greatly facilitate southward export of Hunan fireworks and chemical products, and boost Hunan and Yueyang¡¯s neighboring areas¡¯ regional economic and trade exchanges with Hong Kong,¡± said Lu Daping, director of Yueyang Port Office. During the 14th Five-year Plan period (2021-2025), Chenglingji Port will launch direct routes with Japan, South Korea, and other countries and regions and also Taiwan. It will be a new highland of reform and opening up for the inland regions and inject new vitality into green development of the Yangtze River Economic Belt.

The Hunan Port Administration has constructed a permanent hazardous goods depot, and founded a specialized storage and transport company in order to ensure safety of fireworks and other hazardous goods exported via Chenglingji Port.

Designated berths have been set up to facilitate one-stop ship service and increase efficiency of the direct route ships. Support facilities will be constructed and the Yueyang-Hong Kong direct route will operate regularly and steadily.

Translator: Pang Yuehui 

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