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Minimal Approval! Dalian Free Trade Area Taking Lead in the Country to Introduce the Port Entry Examination and Approval Advising Commitment System for International Ships
The permit processing time has reduced from more than one hour to 10 minutes
It can save about 3,000 hours for enterprises every year
This is a positive change brought by the port entry examination and approval advising commitment system for international ships introduced for the first time over the country by the Management Committee of Dalian Free Trade Area aligning with Dalian Maritime Administration under the specific guidance and strong support of Liaoning Maritime Administration
        To further deepen the reform of "administration streamlining, supervision innovation, service optimization", optimize the port business environment, implement cross-border trade facilitation measures and promote the stable and healthy development of foreign trade, on October 13, the Management Committee of Dalian Free Trade Area aligned with Dalian Maritime Administration to take the lead in the country to implement the port entry examination and approval advising commitment system for international ships, truly realizing "minimal examination and approval". This initiative will save a lot of working time for those enterprises handling the port entry formalities for international ships berthing at Dayaowan Port each month. This is another important initiative of Dalian Free Trade Area Management Committee and the maritime department in normalized epidemic prevention and control to do a good job in "six stabilities" and implement the tasks of "ensuring security in six areas". This initiative has further improved the customs clearance efficiency, reduced enterprise cost, taken a new step in the optimization of business environment, satisfying the requirement of enterprises and masses for facilitation for handling affairs.
        Before the port entry examination and approval advising commitment system, the shipping agent had to communicate with the shipping company in advance to obtain relevant ship certificates and information when a container liner entered and left Dayaowan Port. It took at least one hour for the field staff to embark and verify with the ship side when a ship docked in port, which brought some risks to epidemic prevention and control. After successful verification by both parties, the field staff had to return to the office to scan and upload more than ten items of application materials to the "single window" for international trade to handle the application for ship entry into port. When the materials were incomplete, it was necessary to go back and forth many times, which consumed a lot of manpower and material resources, delayed the berthing, loading and unloading process of international container liners and affected the efficiency of customs clearance.
        After implementation of the examination and approval advising commitment system, the ship agent has only to verify seaworthiness, crew competency, fitness of goods for loading and so on with the ship side, and then provide a written commitment to Dalian Maritime Administration on the "single window" platform for international trade, indicating that the international ship meets the port entry examination and approval conditions, standards and requirements, and make a commitment to take the legal liability for providing false information. Then port entry examination and approval can be handled for the same directly, thus eliminating such paper application materials as ship seaworthiness, inspection certificate, crew certificate, power of attorney, entrustment certificate, etc. The processing time efficiency in the link of application material declaration, examination and approval is reduced, so is the enterprise's time cost, so that examination and approval can be completed quickly.
        The port environment will be further optimized after implementation of the examination and approval advising commitment system. In 2019, entry of international ships into Dalian Port reached nearly 7,000 ship times. On basis of saving half an hour in port entry formality handling for each ship per day, about 3,000 working hours in port entry formality handling can be saved every year for those international ships berthing at Dayaowan Port. 
        In the next step, Dalian Free Trade Area Management Committee and Dalian Maritime Administration will earnestly summarize the experience of promoting the innovative measures, continue to optimize government services, constantly strengthen the innovation of port supervision and forge a new convenient customs clearance mode of "minimal approval" and "non-face-to-face examination and approval" for international liners; we will continue to go deep into enterprises for investigation and research to understand their needs and policy bottlenecks, ensure that enterprises can enjoy the results of institutional innovation, and make active efforts to forge a marketized, legalized and internationalized first-class business environment and accelerate the high-quality development of Dalian Free Trade Area.