Expansion of high-quality imports and a better life

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  Expanding the import of high-quality goods can optimize the supply structure, meet market demand, and promote consumption upgrades. It can also promote domestic enterprises to improve production efficiency, strengthen brand building, achieve quality and efficiency improvement on the supply side, and further stimulate the vitality of the domestic consumer market.

  Consumption upgrade drives import growth

  In many cities, there are more and more imported supermarkets and international specialty commodity display and trading centers, and consumers can buy global goods at their doorstep.

  Pakistani camel lanterns, New Zealand honey, Argentine yerba mate tea... During the Spring Festival, the Greenland Expo Market on Nanjing Road in Shanghai was very lively, and many gift boxes for the New Year's goods such as "the same new product at the Expo" and "Wanguo New Year Gift Pack" attracted many visitors. Many consumers came to snap up.

  "Buying New Year's goods every year, this year is very different." Zhang Yuan, who was celebrating Chinese New Year in Shanghai, was fond of the lotus lanterns brought by Pakistani merchants, "This is composed of many small ingots, which look like a cornucopia, which is both festive and unique, too. Interesting."

  "With the continuous development of China's economy, the increase in residents' income and consumption upgrade have become the main driving forces for the growth of imported consumption." said Lin Jiang, a senior researcher at JD.com's Institute of Consumption and Industrial Development. Steady improvement, my country's per capita GDP in 2021 has exceeded 12,000 US dollars, and the per capita disposable income of residents will reach 35,000 yuan.

The solid consumption base drives the growth of imported consumption. In 2021, my country's imported consumer goods will increase by 9.9%.

  In many cities, there are more and more imported supermarkets and international specialty commodity display and trading centers, and consumers can buy the world at their doorstep.

High-quality commodities from more countries and regions fly into the homes of ordinary people, making consumption choices more convenient.

  During the Spring Festival, Greenland China International Import Expo and the merchants from the China International Import Expo jointly launched the "Chinese New Year, All Nations Gifts" activity, and launched a customized service for the gift box of the China International Import Expo. Choose from thousands of products in combination.

According to reports, during the Spring Festival, the sales of the Greenland Expo Market increased by more than 60% month-on-month, among which, more than 5,000 sets of the same type of New Year gift boxes were sold.

  "The dividends of the CIIE are constantly being released, and buying the same model from the CIIE has become a trendy choice for ordinary people to visit relatives and friends during the Spring Festival to send New Year's goods." Xue Yingjie, assistant to the president of Greenland Group and general manager of the Trade Port Group, introduced that to undertake the effect of the CIIE, the CIIE market The average daily sales has exceeded 200,000 yuan, and the average daily passenger flow has reached tens of thousands of people, meeting the needs of people's consumption upgrades, and becoming a new place for consumers to buy the same products from the Expo and experience the cultures of various countries.

  "Mai Liban cream biscuits are a special product of Sri Lanka. The biscuits are crispy and have a strong wheat fragrance. They are a very suitable snack for leisure time; Russia's Bird Vodka is a vodka suitable for Chinese tastes..." In "2022 National Online During the "New Year's Day", the Ministry of Commerce held the "Shanghai Cooperation Organization National Characteristic Commodities E-commerce Live Event", relying on Shanghai, Jiangsu, Fujian, Zhejiang and other provinces and cities and well-known domestic e-commerce platforms, invited the heads of the SCO Secretariat and relevant countries. The diplomatic envoys in China walked into the live broadcast room to jointly promote the connection of high-quality products from SCO countries to the Chinese market.

During the event, a total of nearly 1,800 live broadcasts of various types were held, driving a cumulative sales of nearly 100 million yuan in SCO countries, and more than 4 million viewers, greatly enriching people's "shopping carts" for New Year's goods.

  Promote innovation and optimize supply structure

  Expanding imports can guide the return of consumption, promote domestic industrial upgrading, and optimize the supply structure

  "Look at this necklace, it looks like a ruby ​​gourd, it's suitable for my mother, and the price is not too expensive." Recently, in Hainan Sanya International Duty Free City, Hu Xiaoya, a resident of Jiamusi City, Heilongjiang, was picking gifts for her family, "You can buy the price without going abroad. Affordable, rich selection, quality assurance of international boutiques, very convenient!”

  In recent years, my country has adjusted the Hainan duty-free shopping quota, single commodity limit, and the scope of outlying island duty-free commodities, etc., and the convenience of shopping has been continuously improved, and Hainan outlying island duty-free sales have been on the rise.

During the Spring Festival, the duty-free sales of 10 duty-free shops in Hainan reached 1.944 billion yuan, a year-on-year increase of 156%; the number of duty-free shoppers was 301,800, a year-on-year increase of 138%; the number of duty-free items purchased was 1.8158 million, a year-on-year increase of 157%.

  As the scale of the consumer market continues to expand and the consumption structure continues to upgrade, the younger generation of consumers has become the main force of consumption, and the trend of individualization, diversification and quality of consumption is becoming more and more obvious.

Expanding the import of high-quality goods can optimize the supply structure and accelerate the pace of consumption upgrading.

  "In the context of the complex international economic situation, the development of the duty-free economy can promote international commodity exchange, increase the supply of domestic high-quality consumption, guide the return of consumption, and keep the spillover effects of employment and taxation brought about by international commodity consumption in the country." China Duty Free Group The relevant person in charge told reporters that Sanya International Duty Free City alone has created more than 4,600 job opportunities.

  At present, the project of Hainan Haikou International Duty Free City, the largest single duty-free shop in the world, is under steady construction and will be completed and opened within this year.

At that time, the categories of imported commodities will be more abundant, and the sources of commodities will be more diverse, so as to better meet people's constantly subdivided and diversified consumption needs.

  "Expanding imports not only increases the supply of high-quality consumer goods, but also complements and promotes each other with the domestic consumer market." Lin Jiang believes that importing more high-quality goods can improve the level of market competition, forcing domestic enterprises to improve production efficiency and speed up production. Innovate and strengthen brand building, realize the improvement of quality and efficiency on the supply side, promote industrial upgrading, optimize the market supply structure, and further stimulate the vitality and potential of the domestic consumer market.

  Improve the environment and facilitate import trade

  Let more high-quality goods enter the domestic market with the help of an efficient supply chain system

  "This year, the tariff on Korean noodles has dropped by 0.75%. This alone is expected to save 9.75 million yuan in tax burden for enterprises." Shi Chenjia, general manager of Ningxing Youbei International Trade Co., Ltd. in Ningbo Free Trade Zone, told reporters that the current Korean noodles The tariff is 9%, and it will decrease at a rate of 0.75% every year in the future. By 2034, the tariff of this category will be reduced to 0, which will greatly promote the import of consumer goods.

  On January 1 this year, the Regional Comprehensive Economic Partnership (RCEP) came into effect, and more than 90% of the trade in goods in the region will eventually achieve zero tariffs.

"This means that Chinese consumers will enjoy characteristic high-quality consumer products from the RCEP region at a lower price, and the reduction of import tariffs on intermediate products can also help domestic manufacturing companies reduce costs, promote product innovation and upgrade, and enhance the vitality of the supply system. Gu Xueming, dean of the Institute of International Trade and Economic Cooperation of the Ministry of Commerce, said that after RCEP came into effect, the proportion of Japanese exports to China that enjoy zero-tariff treatment has expanded from 8% to 86%.

  In recent years, my country has continuously optimized the port business environment and improved the level of trade facilitation.

In December 2021, the overall customs clearance time for imports nationwide was 32.97 hours, 66.14% shorter than that in 2017.

Except for special circumstances, all 38 kinds of supervision documents involved in the import and export process can be accepted through the "single window".

  Four consecutive CIIEs have been held, import tariffs have been continuously lowered, and trade facilitation has been continuously improved... In recent years, my country has promoted the healthy development of import trade in an all-round and multi-dimensional manner, and more high-quality imported goods have entered the domestic market with the help of an efficient supply chain system. , to enrich the supply of the consumer market and meet the needs of consumption upgrades.

  In 2018, my country began to implement a pilot cross-border e-commerce retail import.

In 2021, my country will expand the cross-border e-commerce retail import pilot to all the cities (and regions) where the pilot free trade zones, cross-border e-commerce comprehensive pilot zones, comprehensive bonded zones, import trade promotion innovation demonstration zones, and bonded logistics centers (type B) are located. ).

A few days ago, the State Council approved the establishment of cross-border e-commerce comprehensive pilot zones in 27 cities and regions including Ordos, Yangzhou, and Alashankou.

Since the establishment of the first cross-border e-commerce comprehensive pilot zone in 2015, my country has a total of 132 cross-border e-commerce comprehensive pilot zones.

  "The continuous expansion of the scope of the pilot program provides opportunities for the development of cross-border e-commerce imports." Shi Chenjia said that in 2021, Ningxing Youbei imported 35.868 million CEE commodities through cross-border e-commerce channels, a year-on-year increase of 82.4% .

Among them, the increase in beauty and toiletries was as high as 5.643 million yuan.

  At present, my country's cross-border e-commerce retail imports are subject to positive list management, and now there are more than 1,400 commodity tax items in the list.

"As a cross-border e-commerce importer, we look forward to the further optimization and expansion of the positive list products, so that more high-quality products can enter the domestic market." Shi Chenjia said.

  Our reporter Luo Shanshan