April 28, 2022, Laoyemiao port on the China-Mongolia border, resumed cargo customs clearance. Up to now, 14 perennial open ports and 1 seasonal open port in Xinjiang Uyghur Autonomous Region have all resumed cargo customs clearance.
Laoyemiao port is located in Santanghu, Balikun Kazakh Autonomous County, Hami City, Xinjiang. It borders with Mongolia. Since its operation in 1992, Laoyemiao land port has become an important conjunction point between China’s Silk Road Economic Belt and Mongolia’s Steppe Road Program. The import prospects of Mongolia’s energy resources products, beef and mutton, live animals and other products are broad. The geographical and strategic advantages of Laoyemiao port will be increasingly prominent.
At the beginning of 2020, affected by the Covid-19 pandemic, some of the neighbouring countries to Xinjiang has closed the ports unilaterally.Since this year, in order to coordinate epidemic prevention and control and economic and social development, in accordance with the requirements of the joint defense and control mechanism of Xinjiang, all the ports in Xinjiang has speed up the resumption of cargo transport on a regular basis of epidemic prevention and control. A three-dimensional transport network of highway, railway and air international cargo transport has been formed.
Xinjiang has improved customs clearance efficiency despite the Covid-19 pandemic. In the first quarter of 2022, the total value of export and import trade in Xinjiang was 37.83 billion yuan, with 34.9% year-on-year growth. The export and import trade with countries along the Belt and Road Initiative increased by nearly 50%. The export and import freight volume of highway ports in Xinjiang has approached the level of the same period in 2019.
As the core area on the Silk Road Economic Belt, Xinjiang is an important node for China’s westward opening up. In the future, it will play bigger roles in serving the domestic and international circulations, the national diplomacy and regional economic development.
This year marks the 30th anniversary of establishing diplomatic relations with Central Asian Countries. We will focus on the14th five-year plan from 2021 to 2025 on developing the ports, based on Xinjiang’sgeographical and industrial advantages, deepen cooperation with central Asian countries in building the Belt and Road Initiative, promote high-quality development with high-level opening up.