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China proposes more cross-border e-commerce zones to boost exports

More cross-border e-commerce pilot zones are needed to encourage exports, China's state council has said.13 Jan 2016

These new zones should be set up in east, central and west China, in cities with good infrastructure large import and export businesses and a well-developed e-commerce industry, according to China Daily, which carried the comments.

The pilot zones provide help with e-commerce platforms, logistics and customs procedures, according to Shanghai-based Yan Geng of Pinsent Masons, the law firm behind Out-Law.com.

The zones should follow the example of Hangzhou, state officials said, by offering financial services, efficient administration services and law enforcement. This would allow an 'ecosystem' to be built that would lower costs for companies and increase profits, China Daily said.

More zones would attract firms who are looking to export, creating jobs and boosting Chinese export figures, state council officials told China Daily.

Chinese companies are already using American e-commerce company Amazon to reach overseas consumers, China Daily said.

The number of exporters using Amazon for exports increased by 13 times last year, and turnover more than doubled during the first three quarters of 2015.

Most Chinese exporters are still based in coastal cities in south east China, Amazon told China Daily, but inland firms are becoming more active. Product categories have grown, and technology products including tablets, smart phones, robots and drones are popular exports, it said.