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China Announces New FTZs to Boost the Economy

By
Andrea Azzimonti
October 9, 2020

On the 21st of September, the State Council of the People’s Republic of China issued the Notice [GuoFa (2020) No. 10] on “Issuing the General Plan for the Beijing, Hunan and Anhui Pilot Free Trade Zones and the Regional Expansion Plan of the Zhejiang Pilot Free Trade Zone”, announcing the increase of the existing Pilot Free Trade Zones to include three new zones in Beijing, Anhui, and Hunan and to further expand the Zhejiang Pilot Free Trade Zone.

The recent expansion of the project will bring the total number of Pilot FTZs in China to 21; these FTZs are important pilot projects which assist the development of market reformation in the rest of China. Each of the pilot zones has been attributed specific tasks and has received special market considerations to reflect so.

The Beijing Pilot FTZ will be focused on science-tech innovation, international commerce, and high-tech industries, covering up to 119 km2, and will contribute, together with the existing Hebei Pilot FTZ and Tianjin Pilot FTZ, to promote the development of the Beijing-Tianjin-Hebei region.

The Hunan Pilot FTZ will include several areas in Changsha, Yueyang, and Chenzhou, to promote and develop the Central China region and the corridor between the Yangtze River Economic Belt and the Greater Bay area in Southern China. The Pilot FTZ aims to become an advanced manufacturing center.

The Anhui Pilot FTZ, the third new FTZ announced in 2020, would include three areas in Hefei, Wuhu, and Bengbu, focusing on the high-tech industries and promoting the further development of the Belt and Road Initiative.

The establishment of the FTZs in Hunan and Anhui is seen as a move to enable less-developed provinces to become more appealing to high-quality manufacturing, attract investment and boost efficiency, drawing investment in from their bordering provinces of Guangdong and Jiangsu.

The Notice also announces the expansion of the already existing Zhejiang Pilot Free Trade Zone by adding 119 km2 covering three areas in Ningbo, Hangzhou, and Jinyi and aiming to develop an international trading hub for commodities and agricultural products and to become a vital innovation center.

JAS covers the major provinces and cities in China, our team is always here to help our customers in identifying potential business opportunities and help them to face any challenges in supply chain with the best-fit solutions.

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In seguito al nuovo focolaio COVID-19 divampato nell’area di YANTIAN causandone la chiusura, molte navi stanno omettendo o gravemente ritardando le operazioni in questo porto, provocando a cascata un grave congestionamento su tutti gli approdi del Sud Cina (Shekou, Chiwan ecc…).

JAS Italia in collaborazione con Mercitalia Rail – Gruppo Ferrovie dello Stato Italiane, procederà a breve con un primo TRENO BLOCCO in partenza dalla CINA con arrivo in ITALIA, dedicato INTERAMENTE a JAS e ai nostri spettabili CLIENTI.

La prima partenza programmata a inizio luglio ha già catturato l’attenzione di molti importatori, che hanno provveduto a prenotare lo spazio per le proprie merci. Sono previste diverse altre partenze e siamo certi che questo servizio costituisca una valida alternativa al tradizionale trasporto marittimo, che attualmente presenta gravi criticità negli imbarchi, nel reperimento degli equipment e nei transit time che progressivamente deteriorano.

Il servizio TRENO BLOCCO ha almeno tre indiscutibili vantaggi:

  • garanzia di equipment
  • transit time più veloce rispetto agli attuali trasporti marittimi
  • basso impatto ambientale e ridotte emissioni di CO2.

Con i noli marittimi alle stelle e le generali difficoltà d’imbarco, il servizio treno è sicuramente competitivo. Come accennato, le partenze previste sono svariate e provvederemo ad aggiornare l’operatività in sintonia con quanto avverrà nel mercato nel prossimo periodo.

Attualmente i porti di partenza sono Shanghai, Ningbo, Qingdao e Shenzhen, ma stiamo già valutando di ampliare l’offerta includendo altre origini.

I container arriveranno direttamente al terminal di Milano e avremo a nostra disposizione 41 container treno blocco.

Per maggiori dettagli e informazioni non esitate a contattare il Vs. referente commerciale, oppure scrivete a IT-Tradelane@jas.com e sarete prontamente contattati.

JAS Peru is the main provider of freight forwarding and logistics solutions in Peru. As part of JAS Worldwide, JAS Peru is committed to continuous improvement and integration of services.

Customs brokerage services are a specialty and include resources for providing personalized solutions under a single contract that manages end-to-end operations. The JAS Peru team uses custom technology solutions designed for flexibility, with a focus on sustainable operational development.  

JAS Peru’s first-class service includes:

  • Global operations expertise.
  • Extensive portfolio of products aligned to meet client needs.
  • Service integration.
  • Dedicated staff.
  • Customs, tax, and legal advice.
  • Permanent security advice.
  • Cost optimization and added values.
  • Standardization of processes and management indicators.

JAS Peru provides enhanced customs brokerage services under the guidance of Tatiana Flores, the branch’s Customs Broker Manager. She joined the JAS Peru team on April 1. A lawyer by profession, Flores graduated from the Catholic University and is a titled Agent from the National Customs School. She earned a master’s degree in law with a mention in international economic law and holds a post-graduate degree in taxation.  

Before joining the JAS Peru team, Flores served as general manager of the Association of Customs Agents of Peru. She also served as a customs manager at AUSA Solutions Logistics, Panalpina Aduanas, and Bertling Logistics. Flores has extensive experience in customs, foreign trade, legal, and operations.

JAS Laredo opened in 2015 as a sales office dedicated to increasing the JAS cross-border traffic. Laredo offers JAS Worldwide a solid strategic location where the company can grow and increase its presence on both sides of the U.S. - Mexican border. This branch also creates solutions and acts as additional support for the JAS Worldwide network.  

JAS Laredo started as part of the JAS Houston Branch before becoming a satellite office. The move was made in conjunction with JAS McAllen, where their significant efforts contributed to JAS McAllen receiving a nomination for branch of the year in 2019. JAS Laredo focuses on selling cross-border business. Their specialties include transportation and US-Mexico customs brokerage, with a strong footprint in distribution and warehousing services.  

With much operational growth in 2017, Customs Entry Specialist Laura “Rocio” Enriquez joined the team.  She brings with her more than 10 years of experience in US/MX customs brokerage. With the support of JAS Compliance and Enriquez’s natural drive, the team has excelled in this area, building valuable and trusting relationships.  

In February 2021, the Laredo team moved into a state-of-the-art facility with direct access to third-party warehouses. JAS Laredo has two warehouses at its disposal, each one with about 60,000 square feet with 1,000 pallet positions. Under the leadership of Antonio Pastrana, Branch Manager, the Laredo team adopted an admirable understanding of the market and the intricacies of dealing with the United States and Mexican governments. The boutique concept to selling along the southern border and the consultancy approach with JAS Laredo’s customers has brought on new business and a newfound demand for the products and services offered.  

The Laredo team has proven expertise and true skill in establishing cross-border solutions, which has enabled JAS to stand out against its competitors, particularly in this volatile market. The Laredo team currently operates a distribution model for two of its key global customers, utilizing the customers’ systems and acting as an extension of their operations.  

Monica Ortiz, the Operational Supervisor, brings more than 20 years of experience in freight forwarding to the team. She specializes in 4-wall distribution and logistics, which supports JAS Laredo’s efforts in providing these additional services in Laredo while maintaining an impressive 98.5 percent inventory accuracy.  

Tracy Garcia, Transportation Supervisor, was JAS Laredo’s first hire, with years of experience in trucking and ground transportation from the carrier and broker/forwarder side of the business. Tracy’s impact on the JAS Laredo operation became clear immediately. Her level of dedication and enthusiasm is commendable. Regularly going the extra mile to ensure that our internal and external customers are satisfied, she provides a level of contagious positivity. Garcia is a team member who makes a difference.  

The JAS Laredo team is incredibly pleased with the developments taking place within the branch. JAS Laredo handles a vast customer portfolio of locally controlled and developed businesses. JAS Laredo provides trucking services, together with US and MX customs brokerage via multiple border crossings.  Similarly, JAS Laredo provides ground transportation services from multiple pick-up points in Mexico.

Like JAS Miami, the Laredo team has access to an FTZ (Foreign-Trade Zone, Inc.). This activation also allows JAS Laredo to provide specialized services related to FTZ operations. For legal purposes, this space is outside the customs territory of the United States, which provides the opportunity to offer weekly entry services, duty deferral for import goods, and duty eliminations for some export goods while also providing cost-saving measures. These are major benefits when operating along the border.

The Laredo team has gained a unique perspective from our Mexican brokerage side, truly operating in a cohesive manner, which has certainly allowed for the development of detailed and targeted solutions for our clients. The Laredo team is expanding by exceeding the industry standard. I am grateful to the team for their efforts in continuously remaining innovative and committed to our customers.
Congratulations JAS Laredo, what an inspiring branch! At JAS People Make the Difference!" Eugenio Fumo, CEO JAS USA

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