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China reduces average customs clearance time for citizens to 45 seconds

Updated: Mar 19,2019 8:35 PM     Xinhua

BEIJING — China has reduced the average customs clearance time for its citizens to 45 seconds since the establishment of the National Immigration Administration nearly a year ago.

Data showed that China’s border control agencies handled a total of 651 million exits and entries last year, up 9.9 percent year-on-year. The National Immigration Administration is administered by the Ministry of Public Security.

The administration has streamlined the process of issuing documents for exit and entry, smoothed passenger clearance and provided better services in a year-long reform, said Chen Bin, an official with the administration.

More than 150 million documents for exit and entry were issued last year, up 11.1 percent on a yearly basis. And it takes seven working days to issue a travel document for a native resident, down from 10 days.

More than 100,000 foreigners enjoyed visa-free stay of 72 or 144 hours in 20 cities across the country, up 23.9 percent year-on-year.