April 10, 2018

Shanghai is striving to build the China’s first paperless port

Shanghai International Port (Group) Co has initiated its pilot project on electronic container delivery receipt since March and plans to put it in full use in July.

The electronic receipt will eventually replace all paper receipts, saving the group more than 400 million yuan (US$63.64 million) every year and reduce the clearance time from roughly two hours to just three minutes online.

The reform will bring great benefits and improve the scale effect, said Yan Jun, chairman of the group. It will also increase the communication efficiency among the ports and aviation industry and the speed of more than 10 million containers going through the port each year will pick up markedly.

Meanwhile, the container truck drivers’ work efficiency will be maximized. It will help consolidate the city’s status as an international shipping center and reduce the costs of the real economy in various industries.

With the establishment of the online platform, 93 percent of the group’s port-related businesses have been dealt online, said Chen Lan, general manager of the group’s port business center.

In the past 30 years, more than 20 paper documents have been in use for the port business and now only two remain, said Ding Songbing, general manager of the group’s strategy research. One is the container delivery receipt, which is presently in the process of conversion, and the other is the bill of landing, which will be dealt with later.

Now Shanghai has started researches on the possibilities of introducing electronic bill of landing. If succeeded, the city will be the first paperless port in the country and it will improve the city’s business environment significantly. Also, the clearance efficiency can serve as the city’s core competitiveness and make Shanghai an even more influential global shipping center, said Yan.