Acting STL inspects cross-boundary land transport of goods (with photos/video)

     The Acting Secretary for Transport and Logistics, Mr Liu Chun-san, visited the Heung Yuen Wai Boundary Control Point this morning (December 16) and was briefed by a Transport Department (TD) representative on the latest cross-boundary land transport situation after resuming the "point-to-point" transport arrangement.

     With a view to ensuring a stable supply of daily necessities to Hong Kong, safeguarding the smooth operation of production and supply chains as well as the socio-economic development of both sides, the cross-boundary goods vehicle (CBGV) transport between Guangdong and Hong Kong has been adjusted to the "point-to-point" transport arrangement starting from December 12. The operation has been smooth since the adjustment has been in effect, and the traffic volume of CBGVs is on a consistent rise from a daily average of about 8 000 two-bound vehicle trips early this month to over 9 000 two-bound vehicle trips as at yesterday (December 15).

     Mr Liu said, "The resumption of the 'point-to-point' transport arrangement has been long awaited by the logistics trade in Hong Kong. The Hong Kong Special Administrative Region (HKSAR) Government would like to express gratitude to the Central Government, the Guangdong Provincial Government, the Shenzhen Municipal Government and the Zhuhai Municipal Government for their active response and support for gradually resuming the normal operation of the cross-boundary land transport. We expect that the cross-boundary cargo volume will continue to increase with a view to resuming the cross-boundary logistics operation to the pre-epidemic level."

     Mr Liu said that the "point-to-point" transport arrangement not only facilitates the logistics and cross-boundary goods transport operation, but also benefits the public and various industries in society, as well as facilitates the sea and air cargo transhipments to rebound, so that Hong Kong could play the role as an international maritime centre and air cargo hub.

     Under the "point-to-point" arrangement, the Mainland authorities have adjusted the nucleic acid test requirement for CBGV drivers entering the Mainland. Drivers with a valid proof of a negative nucleic acid test result within 48 hours prior to the entry as shown in the "Yuekang code"(粵康碼, together with a negative test result of the rapid polymerase chain reaction (PCR) test conducted at Hong Kong boundary control points (BCPs) prior to their departure, are allowed to enter the Mainland. Meanwhile, the TD is conducting rapid PCR tests for a daily average of some 4 000 CBGV drivers at Hong Kong BCPs which are effective in intercepting drivers with a preliminarily positive or indeterminate test result from entering the Mainland, so as to minimise the risk of disease transmission.

     The HKSAR Government and the Mainland authorities will continue to closely monitor the situation at BCPs in the coming few weeks and maintain close liaison with the trade to review the transport arrangement in a timely manner, with a view to proactively optimising the CBGV transport arrangements and ensuring a smooth cross-boundary cargo flow.

Ends/Friday, December 16, 2022
Issued at HKT 18:47