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SIPG seeks to develop Yangshan into free trade port

Chen Xuyuan, president of state run port operator Shanghai International Port Group (SIPG), has proposed to the National People’s Congress, the annual meeting of China’s legislature, to develop Shanghai’s Yangshan Port into a free trade port.

According to Chen, the establishment of a free trade port in Shanghai will significantly improve trade volumes and strengthen Shanghai Port’s status as a hub port in the region. It is also in line with central government’s maritime silk road initiative.

Chen said the setup of the free trade port will require a number of legislative adjustments, and the port authority in Shanghai has already started working on the feasibility plans.

Shanghai Port completed annual container throughput of 37.13m teu in the year of 2016, once again making it the busiest container port in the world.

Jason Jiang

Jason is one of the most prolific writers on the diverse China shipping & logistics industry and his access to the major maritime players with business in China has proved an invaluable source of exclusives. Having been working at Asia Shipping Media since inception, Jason is the chief correspondent of Splash and associate editor of Maritime CEO magazine. Previously he had written for a host of titles including Supply Chain Asia, Cargo Facts and Air Cargo Week.
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