Guangzhou Customs pilot: 3 hours to 3 minutes

Guangzhou, China’s airport, customs and home carrier have embarked on a series of pilot test programmes in a bid to enhance cargo clearance efficiencies.


Guangzhou Customs pilot: 3 hours to 3 minutes


Guangzhou, China’s airport, customs and home carrier have embarked on a series of pilot test programmes in a bid to enhance cargo clearance efficiencies.

On 13 April the first pilot began with one shipment of eight tonnes from Amsterdam to Guangzhou on China Southern Airlines’ CZ458. The pilot tested the new customs clearance procedure, which took only three minutes for customs release upon arrival.

Compared to the traditional method, the new procedure, which allows declaration before flight arrival, has shortened the import customs clearance time by three hours.

The new policy of Guangzhou Baiyun Airport Customs started on 21 April to accelerate the efficiency of Guangzhou airport logistics. The policy allows pre-declaration and taxpaying before flight arrival into Guangzhou, once the shipment arrives, the ground handler will conduct import handling and send the tally report to Customs, if no irregularity occurs, Customs will release the cargo immediately. In the next phase the new policy will also apply to export cargo which it’s anticipated will bring efficiency and reduce the warehousing costs, according to China Southern.

According to Guangzhou Baiyun Airport Customs, series of measures will be taken recently to accelerate the clearance efficiency, including electronic distribution of cargo from air side warehouses to agents’ facilities, extend Customs working hours, improved regulations on air-truck transport, and allowing two times customs transfer for transhipments. And the new policy, once officially approved, will also see changes to cargo that is trucked from Hong Kong to connect Guangzhou outbound flights.