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China to Promote Cross-Border E-Commerce

China to Promote Cross-Border E-CommerceChina to Promote Cross-Border E-Commerce

China will increase support for cross-border e-commerce as the world’s second-largest economy shifts from manufacturing to higher-value services, the government said.

China’s e-commerce industry has been booming in recent years, with companies like Alibaba Group Holding Ltd and Inc benefiting from a rising middle class with more disposable income, Reuters reported.

The government released policy guidelines on Saturday that include tax policies aimed at boosting domestic consumption and pilot projects to ease overseas payments, according to a statement posted on the central government’s website

Chinese e-commerce firms will be given state support on international projects while credit insurance services will also be introduced.

Customs will streamline clearance of goods and quality supervision agencies will allow collective declaration, examination and release of goods.

There will be tax sweeteners on e-commerce retail exports and settlement of payments in yuan will be promoted, it added.

The policy document followed Friday’s announcement that China will allow full foreign ownership of some e-commerce business to boost competitiveness.

China will allow full foreign ownership of some e-commerce businesses, aiming to encourage foreign investment and the development and competitiveness of the industry, the Ministry of Industry and Information Technology said.

The move, effective immediately, will apply to “online data handling and trade handling services”, the ministry said in a statement on its website. It was not immediately clear how this would affect e-commerce companies already operating in China.

Cross-border e-commerce has reaped a turnover of $3.32 billion since China piloted cross-border foreign exchange payments in 2013, with trade volume in the first five months of this year near the total value of the whole of 2014, according to Xinhua, which cited the State Administration of Foreign Exchange.