Chinese Internet retailers will be able to export goods to Russia through the port of Vladivostok without customs clearance

    At the Russian-Chinese exhibition EXPO in Harbin in October 2015, the government of the Chinese province of Heilongjiang will present a new project. It proposes to create an Internet commerce hub in the territory of the free port of Vladivostok. Today in Russia, mail is handled in logistics hubs in Yekaterinburg, Blagoveshchensk, Moscow and Novosibirsk.

    “We want to create a logistics hub in the free port of Vladivostok and we will offer this project at the EXPO in Harbin,” citedTASS words of the chairman of the committee on the promotion of international trade of the province of E Zhongqi. According to him, the hub will process goods and purchases ordered via the Internet from China. Placing a hub on the territory of a free port will allow applying a simplified duty payment scheme: “Customs duty will be paid when goods leave the free zone,” noted E. Zhongqi.

    Last year, trade between Russia and China increased by 6.8%, to $ 95.3 billion. This was reported by the State Customs Administration of China. Russia's exports to China grew by 4.9%, to $ 41.6 billion, imports from China — by 8.2%, to $ 53.7 billion. E-commerce market participants predict that in 2015, the total volume of online commerce between countries will reach $ 36 billion.

    The document should enter into force on September 12. The free port will include all seaports in the south of Primorsky Krai, Knevichi airport and railway sections. This will allow companies to import goods into Russia for their further export through port terminals of Vladivostok with virtually no customs clearance.

    The Russian authorities expect that the companies of the two neighboring provinces of Heilongjiang and Jilin will actively use the free port services to export their goods.

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