China News Service Haikou, December 12 (Reporter Wang Ziqian) Haikou Customs released statistics on December 1: In the first 12 months of this year, Haikou Customs supervised a total of 1.11 billion yuan (RMB, the same below) of duty-free shopping on outlying islands, an increase of 407.26% year-on-year. the number of duty-free shoppers was 1.623 million, an increase of 59.6%; The number of duty-free purchases was 4799.4 million, an increase of 5.<>%.

On November 11, consumers bought duty-free goods at CDF Haikou Riyue Plaza store. Photo by China News Service reporter Luo Yunfei

Duty-free shopping on outlying islands is the "golden signboard" of Hainan's tourism consumption, and the market will be cold in 2022 due to the impact of the epidemic. In the first 11 months of this year, the offshore duty-free market continued to recover, with the amount of purchases better than the same period in 2022 of RMB322.2021 billion, recovering to 442% of the level of the same period in <> (RMB<>.<> billion).

In order to promote the duty-free consumption market on Hainan Island to unleash new vitality of consumption, Hainan Province, Haikou and Sanya have issued offshore duty-free consumption vouchers for many times this year to stimulate the consumption of tourists entering the island.

The reporter recently saw in the duty-free shops in Haikou that there are various promotional activities such as new product experience, full reduction, and lucky draw. Ms. Cao, a tourist from Hubei, said that she learned more about the discounts of various duty-free shops through social software, and finally purchased a cosmetics set with a full reduction activity, which can reach as low as 4% off the counter price.

In order to improve the convenience of duty-free consumption on the outlying islands, Hainan has added "buy and pick up" and "guarantee and pick up" delivery methods since April 4 this year. Among them, passengers leaving the island who purchase 1 categories of goods with a unit price of no more than 2,15 yuan (exclusive) and in the list can choose to pick up the goods in accordance with the requirements of the maximum number of duty-free goods per person per person. As of November 11, Haikou Customs supervised a total of 3 billion yuan of "purchase and pick-up" purchases.

The continuous recovery of the offshore duty-free market has driven the recovery of Hainan's consumer market. According to Lin Jingyun, director of the Trade and Economic Division of the Hainan Provincial Bureau of Statistics, the consumption of upgraded goods related to duty-free in Hainan continues to grow. From January to October, the retail sales of gold, silver and jewellery of units above designated size in Hainan Province increased by 1.10% year-on-year, and the retail sales of watches, watches, bags and other daily necessities increased by 55.6% year-on-year.

Yang Gang, head of the offshore duty-free and express mail management section of the Haikou Customs Port Supervision Department, said that as the Hainan tourism market enters the year-end peak season, the offshore duty-free market continues to heat up. The Customs will continue to promote business reforms such as automatic document examination by the system and "one-time filing and island-wide application" for duty-free goods, so as to promote market development. (ENDS)