It was recently learned from the Inspection and Quarantine Bureau of Yiwu that in 2017, the Bureau completed a total of 6,032 batches of commodities exported to Sudan valuing USD 94,848.4 thousand, with a year-on-year growth of 4.9% and 1.4%, respectively. The varieties of commodities mainly covered plastic products, hardware, footwear, textile and apparel, kitchenware, etc.
In 2017, the overall situation of pre-shipment inspection of Yiwu on commodities exported to Sudan was comparatively optimistic, but three counterfeiting cases were investigated and punished. The new policies of Sudan for customs clearance were tightened, sounding an alarm for pre-shipment inspection in the future. The Inspection and Quarantine Bureau of Yiwu reminded vast import & export enterprises to enhance cooperation with foreign importers, collect Sudan standards, strictly meet standard requirements of the importing country, strengthen quality acceptance of commodities purchased from the market, and raise the awareness of intellectual property in order to avoid unnecessary loss caused by the use of any trademark or logo without authorization.
A few days ago, to further improve the ability of Yiwu to respond to earthquake disaster, the member units of the Earthquake Prevention and Disaster Mitigation Leading Group of Yiwu carried out an earthquake emergency exercise (desktop maneuver).
The exercise was carried out in three stages, namely, early disposal in an earthquake; rescue, relief, and emergency disposal; restoration and reconstruction deployment. All participating units carried out desktop maneuver in terms of emergency response, emergency treatment, and coordinated interaction after an earthquake and fulfilled such tasks as collection of earthquake and disaster information, news management, public security maintenance, transportation guarantee, communication guarantee, and medical treatment in a quick and orderly manner.
It was learned from the Inspection and Quarantine Bureau of Yiwu on Jan. 5 that in 2017, the Bureau issued a total of 105,702 Certificates of Origin for the Free Trade Agreement, whose goods value reached USD 1.8 billion, with a year-on-year growth of 36% and 28.5% respectively; the number of certificates issued ranked first among those of all counties and cities of Zhejiang, and about USD 144 million of import tariff was reduced and exempted for relevant enterprises.
- Appraisal and Election of the 4th "Commodities City Friendship Award" and "Commodities City Return Award" Launched
It was learned from the Foreign and Overseas Chinese Affairs Office of Yiwu that the appraisal and election of the 4th "Commodities City Friendship Award" and "Commodities City Return Award" was formally launched. Citizens can participate in the activity by following WeChat official account "Yiwu Release".
According to introduction, the appraisal and election objects of "Commodities City Friendship Award" this year are foreign friends who abide by the laws of China, have good social reputation, and have made outstanding contributions to Yiwu. The appraisal and election objects of "Commodities City Return Award" are overseas Chinese who abide by the laws of China, have good social reputation, and have made outstanding contributions to Yiwu. The two awards are the recognition and commendation to more than 10 thousand foreigners in Yiwu and tens of thousands of overseas Chinese merchants growing together with Yiwu market.
During Jan. -- Nov. of 2017, the total volume of imports and exports of Yiwu was RMB 211.28 billion, with a growth of 4.4%. Benefiting from global economic recovery, continuous effect release of international trade reform, and unceasing enhancement of product innovation, the imports and exports of Yiwu kept steady development instead of slowing down growth in 2017. According to the statistics of Yiwu Customs, among all major export trade partners of Yiwu, Hungary and Angola realized the most eye-catching growth rates; the volumes of exports to the two from Jan. to Nov. last year were RMB 0.26 billion and 1.22 billion respectively, with a year-on-year growth of 232% and 101% respectively. Judged by country, the top 3 export trade partners were India, Iran, and Iraq, which realized a volume of exports of RMB 13.11 billion, RMB 10.79 billion, and RMB 9.71 billion respectively, with a year-on-year growth of 13.07%, 19.17%, and 3.28% respectively.
Recently, Ammar from Yemen took a Certificate of Honor to share the good news with his friends at hometown. At the Yiwu Universal Series of Cultural Activities Pilgrimage and Award Ceremony themed on "Exchanges and Mutual Reference of Chinese and Foreign Cultures" held on Dec. 21, Ammar won the honorary title of "Communication Ambassador", which was the acknowledgement and encouragement for his positive act in spreading traditional Chinese culture.
39-year-old Ammar came to China when he was 18 years old. He is the CEO of Silk Road Culture Club of Yiwu World Merchants' Family, which aims to enhance the economic and cultural exchanges between Yiwu and the countries along the "Belt and Road". The club carried out various activities, such as tea tasting party at the Mid-Autumn Festival and rice dumpling making at the Dragon Boat Festival, under his leadership. As a crosstalk addict and the first foreign member of Yiwu Talking-singing Artists Association, Ammar often appears on the stages for public welfare of Yiwu and brings joy to citizens with his fluent Chinese.