Cross-border e-commerce is one of the new dynamics of foreign trade. Recently, at a press conference at the State Council Information Office, the Ministry of Commerce introduced that the import and export of cross-border e-commerce reached 2.38 trillion yuan last year, up 15.6 percent, 15.4 percentage points higher than the national import and export growth rate. “Last year’s foreign trade achieved positive growth, in which cross-border e-commerce can’t be ignored and played an important role.”
The main body of cross-border e-commerce is growing. Preliminary statistics show that there are 645,000 enterprises with actual foreign trade import and export records nationwide, including more than 100,000 cross-border e-commerce subjects.
The cross-border e-commerce ecosystem is constantly optimized. China’s cross-border e-commerce has a mature platform and overseas warehouses, and by the end of last year, the number of overseas warehouses had reached 1,800, an increase of more than 200 compared with 2022, and the number of all-cargo airplanes had reached 255, an increase of 32 compared with 2022. the number of APP downloads ranked at the forefront of the world.
In addition, brand building has also made good progress. By the end of last year, China had registered more than 30,000 overseas trademarks, compared with 20,000 by the end of 2022.
This year, we will continue to cultivate cross-border e-commerce as a new driving force for foreign trade. Measures will be taken in several areas:
First, we will introduce “Several Measures to Expand Cross-border E-commerce Exports and Promote the Development of Overseas Warehouses”.
Secondly, we will develop “cross-border e-commerce + industrial zone”, encourage traditional foreign trade enterprises to transform into cross-border e-commerce, support the head enterprises to drive the synergistic development of upstream and downstream supply chains, and rely on cross-border e-commerce industrial parks around the world to incubate more start-up enterprises.
Thirdly, we will strengthen the exchange and training of the industry. This year, 100,000 people will be trained.
Fourth, promote the introduction of the Guide for the Protection of Intellectual Property Rights in Cross-border E-commerce. During the development of cross-border e-commerce, it is necessary to ensure that it protects intellectual property rights in all aspects of the headway, tailing, payment, marketing and overseas warehousing. Cross-border e-commerce is an important element of the Belt and Road Initiative in terms of cooperation with co-construction countries. The Ministry of Commerce will support international exchanges in cross-border e-commerce pilot zones and “Silk Road e-commerce” cooperation zones. We believe that cross-border e-commerce will play a more important role as a new driving force for foreign trade this year.