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Foreign Trade In Tibet

Foreign trade in Tibet In 2005, the total import and export value hit US$205.39 million, a fall of 8.1 percent over the previous year. This included US$165.32 million of exports, an increase of 27.1 percent; and US$40.07million of imports, a fall of 57.1 percent. This year, Tibet exported US$156.21 million worth of products to the rest of Asia, an increase of 31.5 percent over 2004; US$4.15 million worth of products went to the Europe, a fall of 3.0 percent; US$240,000 worth of products were shipped to North America, a fall of 33.8 percent; and US$1.37 million worth of products went to Oceania, a gain of 21.2 percent. With the fast development of the import and export value, the foreign trade of Tibet preliminarily realized a transformation in structural adjustment and operational style. The self-supporting aspect was greatly enhanced with the export proportion of self-made products increasing and the foreign trade was gradually interwoven with the economic and social development of Tibet.

On July 6, 2006, a border trade passage was restored at the Nedui La Mountain Mouth in accordance with the agreement reached by the Chinese and Indian governments. This shall cut the distance from Yadong to Calcutta and other Indian ports by about 1,200 km, a boon for the Sino-Indian trade and also for the formation of the land road from China¡¯s Tibet to South Asia.

In 2005, Tibet strengthened the construction of the border trade market and relevant land ports. Trade across borders active increased especially due to the effective operation of multiple market strategies; the number of import and export markets increased to more than 70 from slightly more than 10 in 2001. According to statistics, in 2005, border trade reached US$122.2 million, or 59.5 percent of the total trade value, an increase of 34.8 percent over the previous year. This included US$115.81 million of exports, an increase of 35.3 percent, and US$6.39 million of imports, up 20.6 percent.

In addition, from 2001 to 2005, Tibet used US$93.02 million worth of total foreign capital by agreement and actually utilized US$31.93 million worth of overseas investment, receiving 37 items of multilateral or bilateral free aid and US$42.61 million worth of aid funds. The scale of using foreign capital was enlarged with the quality and level boosted, and the direction of the overseas investment was more rational, the invested fields constantly extended and the benefits becoming more obvious, which powerfully promoted the development of different kinds of social causes in Tibet.

Government Foreign Service Organs


Lhasa Customs

The Lhasa Customs is a local organ of the General Administration of Customs of the PRC, and has under it the customs set up in Xigaze, Nyalam, Shiquanhe Town and Gyirong. With the approvcal of the General Customs Administration, the Lhasa Customs has set up customs supervision stations in Chengdu of Sichuan Province and Golmud of Qinghai Province to examine goods imported for the autonomous region. The Lhasa Customs follows two kinds of tariff: The Import and Export Tariff of Customs of the PRC, and the Methods of the Tibet Customs of the PRC on the Collection of Import Duties and its rules for implementation. With regard to imports for sale within the Tibet Autonomous Region, the Lhasa Customs collects taxes according to a list of 21 tax items and at a low tariff rate especially for the autonomous region. Goods approved for sale to other parts of China are taxed according the national customs tariff rate.


Import

Export Commodities Inspection Bureau of the Tibet Autonomous Region The bureau has set up branches in Zam, Chengdu of Sichuan Province and Golmud of Qinghai Province to inspect import and export goods.


Food Hygiene Inspection Organ

There are more than 80 food hygiene supervision and inspection organs. Beginning June 1, 1992, food imported through ports of the Tibet Autonomous Region have to be inspected by the Lhasa Imported Food Hygiene Inspection Office of the PRC. Only food with an approval certificate issued by the Lhasa office can be sold in the autonomous region.


Lhasa Animals and Plans Quarantine Office

Under the office are four branches in Zam, Burang, Gyirong and Ritog. It also has checkpoints at the Lhasa Gonggar Airport and the Lhasa International Postal Exchange Bureau.

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