The photo shows the staff at Hekou Port working (Photos taken by Zhao Guoxiao/Chinanews.com)
According to the Station of Exit-Entry Frontier Inspection of Hekou Port, Yunnan on February 13, 2020, since February 8, there have been 26,789 transport trucks, 140 trains passing by with a total 320,000 tons of goods transported across the Port. This figure indicates that the trade volume has recovered to its pre-epidemic level.
Hekou Port is located in Hekou County, Honghe Prefecture, Yunnan Province. Across the Nanxi River of Yunan lies Lao Cai City, Vietnam. It is the largest China-Vietnam land port Southwest China’s Yunnan province, and an important window for China to carry out economic and cultural exchanges with Vietnam and other Southeast Asian countries.
In face of the current severe situation of epidemic prevention and control as well as the realistic requirements of promoting social and economic development, the Entry-exitFrontier Inspection Station of Hekou Port started a police cooperation between China and Vietnam, and reached a consensus with the Frontier Defense Department of Vietnam to ensure that security is improved while epidemic prevention and control efforts take place at the port. Meanwhile, this also ensures smooth and fast clearance of bilateral trade and personnel.
During this time, staff from the station took the initiative to visit cross-border trading enterprises to learn about their difficulties and needs during the epidemic and offer them a helping hand. Four groups of the police force with 20 staff in each group were dispatched to enrich the inspection team and impose additional safeguard measures for customs clearance. This includes the opening of a “green channel" for epidemic prevention and control goods, agricultural and sideline products, the implementation of "one-stop customs clearance" for international intermodal trains, and priority inspections for freight cars and transportation staff, etc.
On March 12, the number of exit and entry transport vehicles at Hekou Port reached 1221, exceeding the average traffic volume last year.