During the 19-nation conference, a delegation from Shanghai Municipality held a plenary session on October 19 to be opened to foreign and domestic media. When answering media’s questions about the construction of a pilot free trade zone and the planning of the construction of a free trade port, Han Zheng, then secretary of the Shanghai Municipal Committee, said that regarding the free trade port, it is in accordance with the plan of the Central Government to make a good plan. Now it is only at the planning stage. The final plan It must be approved by the Central Government.
After that, outsiders have the opinion that Shanghai will take the lead in establishing a free trade port. However, like the FTZ, which is piloted by Shanghai and then launched in batches, the free trade port will be promoted in other FTAs in the future. The approval and listing time of the three free trade zones before may provide a reference for the approval of the future free trade port.
According to the statistics, the listing time of the China (Shanghai) Pilot Free Trade Zone was September 29, 2013; the second free trade zone of Tianjin, Guangdong and Fujian was listed in April 2015; the third batch of 7 Free Trade Zone, respectively, free trade zone in Henan, Hubei Free Trade Zone, Free Trade Zone in Sichuan, Zhejiang Free Trade Zone, Liaoning Free Trade Zone, Free Trade Zone and Free Trade Zone in Shaanxi, listing time is April 2017.
“Since the relevant provinces and regions already have experience in the construction and operation of a free trade zone, free trade ports are likely to be promoted in batches, but the pace of promotion may be faster than the free trade zone.” Insiders believe that .
On October 26, a summit spokesman for the Ministry of Commerce said at a press conference that the Ministry of Commerce is working with Shanghai Municipality and relevant departments to study and formulate a free trade port construction plan. Zhejiang has formulated the initial development goal of establishing a free trade zone. In the next step, the Ministry of Commerce will, together with relevant provinces, municipalities and departments, step up efforts to explore the construction of a free trade port.
As a result, the industry is more inclined to think that in the future there will be more domestic ports to build a free trade port. “Since the establishment of the China (Shanghai) FTA, we have actively explored and promoted the Shanghai experience. Up to now there are already three batches of free trade zones in our country. Referring to such a path, we think that once Shanghai has explored a scalable experience, it will be extended to other ports At present, the top ten container ports in the world have already occupied seven seats in our country, which is a hardware condition with active exploration.
However, there are also industry analysts disagree. “In principle, only Shanghai needs to build a free trade port area, after all, Shanghai’s position is the international financial center, trade center and shipping center, while other domestic ports do not have such a position from this perspective, other ports to build free trade port The significance is not great, “an unnamed delivery industry analyst believes.
Xue Mo told Securities Times reporter, although there is a view that the content of the system reform is most likely to spread in Shanghai, and then extended to other parts of the country. However, it should also be clear that there is still a large gap between the free trade harbors in Shanghai, such as living facilities and preferential tax policies, compared to free trade ports such as Hong Kong, Singapore and Dubai. In the absence of a mature free trade port area in Shanghai, it is clearly out of place with other ports in the short term to apply for the establishment of a free trade port.
In response to this question, Bled’s point of view is: “Should be gradual, can not be hurried, but do not be denied .In these areas, should be actively promoted, careful choice.”
Bai Ming believes that this is a systematic construction project. He divided the construction of a free trade port into several levels: “First of all, there is a place with” districts “and” ports “with ports in free trade zones such as Yangshan Port in Shanghai and Ningbo in Zhejiang – Zhoushan Port, Xiamen Port of Fujian Province, Mawei Port, Yingkou Port of Liaoning Province, Dalian Port, etc. Secondly, there are no “districts” but “ports” such as Qingdao and Lianyungang etc. The third is the ports of Yangtze River, Economic Zone, Zhangjiagang, Nantong Port, Nanjing Port, Wuhan, Chongqing and Sichuan Luzhou Port, etc. Fourth, the airport, such as Shanghai Pudong Airport, Guangdong Baiyun Airport, Xi’an Airport Area, Chengdu Airport, etc. In addition, the combination Belt and Road, as well as Zhengzhou, Chongqing and other dry ports to support the free trade zone logistics, these dry ports can be regarded as the sea of steel, the train as a ship.