March 01, 2019

Huge shipment of Tesla electrical vehicles arrives at Haitong terminal

A ro-ro ship loaded with Tesla’s “Morning Cindy” and the company’s latest Model 3 electrical vehicles arrived at the Shanghai Haitong International Automotive Terminal in Waigaoqiao recently.

The imported vehicles have to go through third-party vehicle inspection upon arrival and will be examined to see whether they meet national vehicle compulsory standards. Each vehicle has to be certified by the Shanghai Customs before entering the market.

The large quantity of Tesla’s new models has put great pressure on the Haitong terminal. As the country’s largest automobile ro-ro terminal, it is capable of completing unloading and examining all the vehicles in one day.

The terminal is not only equipped with advanced hardware. Its large throughput capacity is also due to the port regulators’ reforms and policies to optimize the business environment.

In the early stages of the reforms, the Waigaoqiao port customs introduced a mechanism to execute the unloading, examination, declaration, and taxation simultaneously, while setting up more equipment posts for vehicle emission detection and issuing certificates.

The Waigaoqiao Customs Administration recommended that the terminal should declare the Tesla vehicles in batches and work with the examination agencies to introduce a joint working mechanism to ensure that the automobiles are delivered to importers in time.

Also, it’s estimated that the clearance efficiency for Tesla’s imported vehicles has increased by 30 percent.