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Cargo clearance facilities at Heung Yuen Wai to open on end August 2020

Guangdong and Hong Kong have agreed to first open the cargo clearance facilities, the Liantang Port-Heung Yuen Wai (HYW) Boundary Control Point (BCP), for use by cross-boundary goods vehicles. This seventh land-based control point at the Hong Kong-Shenzhen boundary will be commissioned on 26 August 2020.

The facility is known as Heung Yuen Wai in Hong Kong and Liantang Port in Shenzhen. HYW BCP in Hong Kong is connected to the Heung Yuen Wai Highway, which was completed and opened in 2019, while the Liantang Port is connected to the Shenzhen Eastern Corridor.

In order to reduce the flow of people between the Mainland and Hong Kong in view of the pandemic, the new BCP will not be opened at this stage under the regular quota for Guangdong-Hong Kong cross-boundary private or hire cars, coaches as well as passenger clearance services.

Currently, cross-boundary goods vehicles going to the eastern parts of Shenzhen and Guangdong generally travel through local roads in Hong Kong and Shenzhen via the existing boundary control points at Lok Ma Chau, Man Kam To and Sha Tau Kok. The commissioning of the new BCP will shorten the travelling time for the goods vehicles. It can relieve the existing cross-boundary freight traffic, which will facilitate the smooth and efficient operation of cross-boundary logistics.

Cross-boundary goods vehicles can continue to use the existing land-based BCPs or the HYW BCP with their existing valid Mainland approval documents and Closed Road Permits issued in Hong Kong. The Road Cargo System that is now operating at all land boundary control points will also provide cargo custom clearance services at the HYW BCP. Moreover, specimen-taking services for nucleic acid tests will be provided to cross-boundary goods vehicle drivers on-site within Liantang Port area in Shenzhen.

At the initial stage of the commissioning, the daily operating hours for cargo clearance will be 7 AM to 10 PM, which are in line with Man Kam To and Sha Tau Kok BCPs.

The routing for customs clearance on goods vehicles at the HYW BCP and the driving guides are available on the websites of the Customs and Excise Department and the Transport Department, as well as on the HKeMobility mobile app. — Construction+ Online