Not long ago, a set of data released by South Korea’s statistics department sparked widespread concern: in 2023, South Korea’s imports originating from China’s cross-border e-commerce surged 121.2% year-on-year. For the first time, China surpassed the United States to become the largest source of cross-border e-commerce imports in South Korea. This is another recent example of the rapid development of cross-border e-commerce in China.
Data from the Ministry of Commerce showed that in 2023, China’s cross-border e-commerce imports and exports amounted to 2.38 trillion yuan, up 15.6 percent year-on-year. Among them, exports amounted to 1.83 trillion yuan, a year-on-year increase of 19.6%.

Highlights of the “Blue Ocean” Track
On February 4, an aircraft loaded with cross-border e-commerce goods such as clothing, shoes, hats, accessories and daily necessities flew from Xinjiang Kashi Lining International Airport to Bournemouth, UK. The cargo plane was carrying goods prepared by Chinese manufacturers for cross-border e-commerce companies such as Amazon and Wish.
Cross-border e-commerce cargo transportation is very time-sensitive. Kashgar has a “five mouths to eight countries, all the way to Eurasia” unique location advantages, 1.5 hours of aviation economic circle can cover the surrounding Pakistan, Tajikistan and other major cities in eight countries, has a unique foreign trade location advantages.
At present, Kashi Customs to implement the “7 × 24” hour appointment for customs clearance, efficient customs clearance procedures, “with the arrival, with the inspection, with the release of” normalization, which allows enterprises to consolidate Central Asia, South Asia, on the basis of the market to free up more energy to develop the European market for new customers.
In addition to the horizontal expansion of the geographic dimension, vertical market segments on the development of cross-border e-commerce has also added more “blue ocean” track.
A spokesman for the General Administration of Customs believes that the rapid development of cross-border e-commerce, not only to meet the diversified and personalized needs of domestic consumers, but also help Chinese products to reach the world, becoming an important driving force in the development of foreign trade.

Policy spring breeze brings warmth
Cross-border e-commerce will be a large number of goods through the form of cross-border small parcels to more countries and regions, in line with the new trend of foreign trade development. The Ministry of Commerce said that the U.S. cross-border e-commerce platform companies are very famous, and now China also has a very strong and famous cross-border e-commerce platform, with APP downloads at the forefront of the world.
Information provided by Shanghai Customs shows that in 2023, the volume of export cross-border e-commerce declarations from Shanghai airports and ports reached 440 million tickets, an increase of nearly two times year-on-year, a record high; the total value of exports exceeded 85 billion yuan. Among them, China’s emerging e-commerce platforms such as Speedway, Xiyin and Pinduoduo performed outstandingly, with the peak of single-day orders totaling more than 400,000 orders.
From building cross-border e-commerce featured industries to improving the level of specialization, scale and intelligence of overseas warehouses, from enhancing the service capacity and radiation scope of the existing sea and air freight lines to the continuation of the implementation of the cross-border e-commerce export tax policy for returned commodities …… In recent years, the spring breeze of policies across China has become an important reason for the rapid development of cross-border e-commerce.

Bringing China closer to the world
Cross-border e-commerce has brought China closer to the world by accelerating the pace of Chinese products going overseas while allowing more Chinese products to be integrated into the clothing, food, housing and transportation of foreign consumers.
Cross-border e-commerce enables companies to reach global consumers directly, respond quickly to market changes and drive product innovation. They can develop new products in response to consumer preferences in different regions, optimize localized marketing strategies, and actively plan cooperation with famous overseas internet bloggers to increase the exposure and influence of their products in the international arena.
Closer distance can also be achieved through production and living tools. As an important civilian production and transportation tool, electric tricycles have traditionally relied mainly on offline stores for exhibition and marketing. In recent years, with the increase in the number of offline stores and higher costs, the overseas market has become an important hand for enterprises to expand new growth points.
With the help of cross-border e-commerce, the electric tricycle short-distance transportation, cargo transportation, energy saving and environmental protection and other characteristics of the way through the live broadcast to overseas customers, without having to go overseas to open a store in the case of a lot of orders.
Data from the Ministry of Commerce shows that there are now 645,000 enterprises with actual foreign trade import and export records nationwide, including more than 100,000 cross-border e-commerce subjects. The unique advantages of Made in China and the strong demand in overseas markets have added confidence to cross-border e-commerce practitioners.
Source: People’s Daily Overseas Edition


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