China’s First Batch of Imported Washed Feather and Down, Pilot Goods for Customs Clearance Supervision Reform, Successfully Cleared Customs in Guangxi

The Publicity Department of Gangnan District, Guigang

GUIGANG, China, Apr. 11, 2024 /Xinhua-AsiaNet/– “The goods were shipped from overseas to Guigang and cleared customs in just eight days. This new model is 17 days faster than the traditional customs clearance via Hong Kong, significantly reducing time and economic costs!” said Yang Chaodong, General Manager of Jialu Feather Products Co., Ltd. in Guigang. On March 28, a shipment of approximately 18.5 tons of washed white duck feathers imported by the company through Qinzhou Port passed customs inspection smoothly after joint supervision by Qinzhou Port Customs and Guigang Customs, marking the successful implementation of the General Administration of Customs’ pilot reform of imported washed feather and down customs clearance supervision in Guigang, Guangxi Zhuang Autonomous Region.

Tao Jianquan, Secretary of the Gangnan District Committee of Guigang City, introduced that the down industry is a traditional advantageous industry in the Gangnan District of Guigang. There are currently 170 feather and down processing enterprises, processing approximately 90,000 tons of feathers and down per year, accounting for about 28% of China’s total feather and down processing volume and 18% of the world’s total.

In recent years, Guigang has seized the opportunities of the construction of the Western Land-Sea Corridor, implemented a three-year action plan for industrial transformation and upgrading, in a bid to optimize the business environment and promote the upgrading of the down industry. As a result, a complete industry chain from primary feather sorting and processing to washed feather and down processing and down product processing has taken shape. In 2023, the total output value of the down industry in the Gangnan District of Guigang reached 4.7 billion yuan, according to the Publicity Department of Gangnan District. However, about 40% of the raw materials need to be imported from abroad, with an annual import demand of 30,000 to 50,000 tons.

In order to support the upgrading and development of the down industry in Guangxi, the General Administration of Customs recently issued a pilot reform plan for imported washed feather and down customs clearance supervision, aiming to leverage the supervision resource advantages of Qinzhou Port, Guigang Port, and local customs to optimize the customs clearance supervision operation mode for imported washed feather and down. To that end, a spate of measures, such as coordinated inspections between the entry port and the local port, risk prevention and control through customs-local coordinated linkage, technology-enabled intelligent supervision in the transfer process, and strengthening the primary responsibility of pilot enterprises, were implemented.

Since the start of the pilot work, Nanning Customs has set up a special working group to organize participating subordinate customs to carry out field surveys, refine supervision operation guidelines, and improve emergency response plans. Moreover, it teamed up with the governmental departments to develop epidemic prevention and control plans, guide the upgrade of smart quarantine facilities at relevant ports, and strengthen self-discipline guidance and supervision of pilot enterprises. Additionally, a one-on-one pilot work communication mechanism between customs and enterprises has been established to promptly resolve issues related to the pilot enterprises, so as to ensure the smooth implementation of the pilot reform.

The planned grade of the Pingtang River Estuary-Luwu Town Canal (Pinglu Canal) under construction in Guangxi is Class I for inland waterways, allowing for the navigation of 5,000-ton vessels. Once the canal is opened, imported washed feather and down in Guigang can directly transfer from Qinzhou Port to the canal waterway, reaching Guigang Port in half a day. The opening of the canal will contribute to the aggregation of the down industry in Guigang and driving high-quality development. Currently, the down industry in Guigang has garnered the attention of several well-known down product companies, further highlighting the agglomeration effect of the industrial cluster.

Source: The Publicity Department of Gangnan District, Guigang

Mango Industry Leads Baise onto the Bright “Mango� Road to Rural Revitalization

Baise Fruit Industry Development Center

BAISE, China, Apr. 11, 2024 /Xinhua-AsiaNet/– Baise City in the Guangxi Zhuang Autonomous Region is one of the major mango producing areas in China. After 40 years of development, it has become the “golden key” to prosperity for the people in Baise. In recent years, leveraging its advantages in mango cultivation areas, Baise has rapidly formed a robust industrial chain. According to Baise Fruit Industry Development Center, in 2023, the total mango area in Baise reached 1.37 million mu (roughly 913.33 square kilometers), accounting for approximately 24.19% of the total mango area in China; the output was 1.25 million tons, representing about 27.8% of the total national mango production, with a comprehensive output value of 19.2 billion yuan. The continuous breakthrough of double “million” targets in planting area and output has made Baise the largest mango production base among prefecture-level cities in the country.

Mango planting, as a labor-intensive industry, has played an important role in national strategies such as poverty alleviation and rural revitalization. In the main mango-producing area of Baise, relying on 9 autonomous region-level leading enterprises, 27 core mango planting demonstration areas at the county level and above have been established, which integrates sightseeing tourism and leisure. The demonstration areas at the autonomous region, city, and county levels have played a full role in driving the economic growth in surrounding areas, lifting nearly 200,000 people out of poverty. In 2016, at the National Industry Poverty Alleviation Conference, Guangxi mango became one of the top ten characteristic industry poverty alleviation examples promoted nationwide; in 2020, “Guangxi Tiandong: Technology Leads Green Drive – Mango Turns into Gold” was selected as one of the 100 typical cases of industry poverty alleviation by the State Council Poverty Alleviation Office.

Baise has played the “Technology Card” effectively. The rapid development of planting, output, and output value has stimulated the intrinsic power of the research and development system. Focusing on key issues in the seed industry, Baise has not only built a big data platform for the mango industry but also implemented projects for digitalizing this industry and established a smart cloud platform to develop digital agriculture. In addition, efforts have been intensified to enhance germplasm resources, focusing on research in mango breeding technology and germplasm innovation, new technologies for facility planting, and a total of 107,000 farmers have been trained.

Baise has used the “Industry Card” effectively. As of 2023, the city had introduced 14 enterprises for deep processing of mangoes. The city’s capacity for deep processing of mangoes has reached 300,000 tons, with an output value exceeding 1.5 billion yuan, significantly increasing the added value of products. Simultaneously, it has established the largest mango deep processing production area in the country. In 2023, at the China Mango Industry Development Conference held in Baise, Baise mango, with a brand value of 10.556 billion yuan, ranked 32nd on the national regional brand (geographical indication) top 100 list.

Baise has played the “Service Card” effectively. By constructing logistics cold chain and sorting bases, introducing logistics companies such as SF Express, Sanke, and CIMC to build large-scale warehousing logistics, adding 152,000 tons of room temperature warehousing capacity and 58,000 tons of low-temperature warehousing capacity, it has enhanced its capacity of risk control for the mango industry.

Baise, by creating a powerful characteristic mango industry cluster covering production, processing, circulation, research, and service, has developed “small mangoes” into a “big industry”.

Source: Baise Fruit Industry Development Center

Utility Stores Corporation Records Breakthrough Sales of Rs44 Billion During Ramazan

Islamabad, The Utility Stores Corporation (USC) in Pakistan has achieved a record-breaking sales figure of forty-four billion rupees during the holy month of Ramazan, surpassing its initial target of forty billion rupees, under the auspices of the Prime Minister’s Relief Package.

According to Ministry of Information and Broadcasting, the USC spokesman announced that this year’s Ramazan sales have set a new benchmark for the organization. The success is attributed to the concerted efforts of the USC’s management and workforce, who tirelessly facilitated the distribution of nineteen basic items to families registered under the Benazir Income Support Program as part of the Prime Minister’s Ramazan Relief Package.

The significant increase in sales was also credited to the recent technological advancements and computerization within the USC, which enhanced the efficiency and transparency of operations, ensuring every transaction was meticulously recorded and monitored.

Muslims Attacked on Eid in Rajouri, Jammu, Sparking Outrage

Jammu, In a troubling incident in the Rajouri district of Indian-administered Jammu and Kashmir, Muslims en route to Eid prayers were assaulted by individuals identified as aligned with Hindutva BJP/RSS groups. The attack has ignited condemnation and calls for justice.

According to Kashmir Media Service, the violence was documented in a video tweeted by Mehbooba Mufti, President of the Peoples Democratic Party, showing injured members of the Gujjar and Bakerwal communities. Mufti’s tweet criticized the attackers for targeting individuals based solely on their Muslim identity, highlighting the indifference of the aggressors to the victims’ specific ethnic or regional backgrounds.

The incident has led to demands for prompt legal action, with Mufti urging police authorities to ensure accountability and prevent future occurrences of such violence. The attack on Muslims in Rajouri has raised serious concerns about communal harmony and the safety of minority communities in the region.

Pakistan’s Armed Forces Extend Eid Greetings to the Nation

Islamabad, On the auspicious occasion of Eid, the armed forces of Pakistan have expressed their heartfelt Eid Mubarak wishes to all citizens, emphasizing the profound sense of duty and sacrifice that marks their service to the country.

According to Ministry of Information and Broadcasting, the Inter-Services Public Relations (ISPR) message highlighted the unique sentiment of Eid as experienced by those in uniform—pride in serving and protecting the nation, often at the cost of personal celebrations and time with family. The armed forces invoked Allah’s blessings for peace and prosperity across Pakistan, recognizing the valiant efforts of military personnel as a source of national pride and inspiration.

The ISPR’s message also paid tribute to the martyrs of Pakistan, whose ultimate sacrifices have safeguarded the country’s sovereignty and security. It called on the nation to remember and honor these heroes, underscoring the collective gratitude owed to them and their families for their indelible contributions to the nation’s safety and integrity.

PM Shehbaz Sharif Extends Eid Greetings to Pakistan’s Military Leadership

Islamabad, In a significant gesture on Eid-ul-Fitr, Prime Minister Shehbaz Sharif reached out to Pakistan’s military leadership, conveying festive greetings and acknowledging their contributions to national security.

According to Ministry of Information and Broadcasting, PM Sharif made phone calls to the Chairman Joint Chiefs of Staff Committee General Sahir Shamshad Mirza, Army Chief General Syed Asim Munir, Air Chief Marshal Zaheer Ahmed Babar Siddhu, and Naval Chief Admiral Naveed Ashraf to express his Eid wishes. During these conversations, he praised the efforts of the security forces in protecting the country’s borders and countering threats.

The Prime Minister lauded the military personnel’s dedication and leadership in maintaining Pakistan’s sovereignty and security, also paying tribute to the sacrifices made by the martyrs and their families in service of the nation.

Chairman Senate Syed Yusuf Raza Gilani Commits to Support Palestinians on Eid

Islamabad, In a heartfelt declaration, newly elected Chairman Senate Syed Yusuf Raza Gilani has vowed to keep the Palestinian people in thoughts during Eid-ul-Fitr, acknowledging their ongoing sacrifices and the brutalities they endure.

According to Ministry of Information and Broadcasting, Gilani, speaking to the media after performing Eid prayers in Multan, emphasized the importance of solidarity with the Palestinian cause. He reiterated the commitment of his party, aligned with PML N, to contribute towards economic stability in Pakistan, underlining the necessity for all political forces to collaborate with the government to achieve this goal.