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Maiden Voyage of Free Sailing for Hong Kong and Macao-Registered Yachts in China (Guangdong) Pilot Free Trade Zone Held in Nansha, Guangzhou

August 2, 2017 Cruise No Comments Email Email

On July 24, shortly after the 20th anniversary of Hong Kong’s return to the motherland, the maiden voyage of free sailing for Hong Kong and Macao-registered yachts in China (Guangdong) Pilot Free Trade Zone was held in Nansha District, Guangzhou. Yachts from Hong Kong and Macao docked at Nansha Marina after going through the entry formalities at Nansha Ferry Terminal. The maiden voyage achieved a complete success.

 Guangdong Provincial Government submitted the Implementation Plan of “Free Sailing” for Hong Kong and Macao-Registered Yachts in China (Guangdong) Pilot Free Trade Zone (hereinafter referred to as “the Plan”) to the Ministry of Transport to explore and innovate policies on exit-entry customs clearance, supervision & inspection, dock setting, reciprocal license recognition and navigation area planning of yachts from Hong Kong and Macao. That means the easily-operable and clearly regulated policy system, management mechanism and work instructions for entry management of yachts could be formulated, which would help accumulate replicable and promotable pilot experience in facilitating the “free sailing” for yachts from Hong Kong and Macao in Guangdong and the rest of China as well as the development of the yacht tourism.

The Plan gained great support from ministries and commissions concerned of the central government. On June 20 this year, the Ministry of Transport, the Ministry of Public Security, General Administration of Customs and General Administration of Quality Supervision, Inspection and Quarantine sent a joint letter to approve the Plan in principle. During this maiden voyage, yachts from Hong Kong and Macao went through such processes and formalities as entry declaration, joint inspection and docking according to the procedures and requirements of the new convenient customs clearance mode – “fixed position docking, nearby joint-inspection”, which tested the implementation of the Plan. For the next step, the policy system, management mechanism and work instructions for entry management of yachts will be further detailed according to the results of the maiden voyage, to accelerate the policy implementation. The Tourism Administration of Guangdong Province views that the effort will help promote the costal tourism and construction of the high-quality life circle which is suitable for living, business and tourism in the “Guangdong-Hong Kong-Macao Greater Bay Area”.

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