China News Service, Haikou, February 3 (Reporter Wang Ziqian) Hainan outlying island duty-free shops expanded at the end of last year to further release their consumption potential.

Hainan Provincial Department of Commerce introduced on the 3rd that in January this year, the total sales of duty-free shops in the province’s outlying islands (including tax) were 4.05 billion yuan (RMB, the same below), a year-on-year increase of 168%.

Among them, tax-free sales were 3.7 billion yuan, the number of shoppers was 701,000, and the number of purchases was 3.699 million, an increase of 159%, 71% and 101% respectively.

The data picture shows people buying skin care products in Sanya Hailv Duty Free City.

Photo by China News Agency reporter Luo Yunfei

  At the end of 2020, the four Chinese ministries and commissions jointly approved Hainan to add 6 new duty-free shops on outlying islands, and then 5 new duty-free shops on outlying islands opened in Sanya and Haikou.

At present, there are 9 duty-free shops on outlying islands in Hainan.

  Li Xuefeng, Director of the Consumer Division of the Hainan Provincial Department of Commerce (Director of the Provincial Consumer Bureau), said that after the expansion of duty-free shops on outlying islands, the passenger carrying capacity has been greatly improved.

The newly opened Haikong Global Boutique (Haikou) Duty Free City Phase I and Shenzhen Duty Free Haikou Mission Hills Duty Free City achieved sales of 23.518 million yuan and 3.143 million yuan respectively on the first day.

The data picture shows Sanya Hailv Duty Free City.

Photo by China News Agency reporter Luo Yunfei

  In order to improve shopping convenience for tourists on outlying islands, the Ministry of Finance, the General Administration of Customs, and the State Administration of Taxation jointly issued an announcement on February 2 to increase the duty-free shopping and pick-up methods for Hainan’s outlying island passengers: Outlying island travelers can choose to pick up the goods by mail when purchasing duty-free goods; Residents who purchase duty-free goods before leaving the island can choose to return to the island to pick them up.

  "This policy allows outlying island passengers to have more choices in the way of picking up the goods, reducing the time to queue at the picking point." Li Xuefeng said.

The reporter was informed that the new regulations are currently being implemented in duty-free shops.

  The reporter saw in the duty-free shop of CDFG Haikou City on the 3rd that the shop had prompted to use the duty-free mail service method.

Fu Canxia, ​​assistant to the general manager of the duty-free shop in Haikou City of CDFG, said that after shopping, passengers ensure that the purchaser, payer, and recipient are unified, and then they can receive the duty-free goods by post.

The mailing costs shall be borne by the enterprise.

  China Post is responsible for the mailing of duty-free goods.

Du Biaoling, deputy general manager of the Hainan branch of China Post Group, said that the standard for mailing duty-free goods is the same as that for mailing the "College Entrance Admission Notice". The company has previously tested 3490 packages of duty-free goods and mailed wine, luggage, and electronics to many places. Duty-free products such as products, milk powder, toys and fragrances have achieved zero loss and zero complaints.