China's Ministry of Commerce will do more to support the construction of overseas warehouses and promote the development of overseas intelligent logistics platforms, an official said Tuesday.
China's foreign trade will introduce more reforms to seek high-quality development, Commerce Minister Wang Wentao said at a press conference.
In February, the State Council issued a statement approving the establishment of more cross-border e-commerce pilot zones in 27 cities and regions, he said.
This now brings the total number of pilot areas to 132, covering almost all provincial-level regions in China, from coastal industrial powerhouses such as Jiangsu, Zhejiang and Guangdong to inland areas.
On Tuesday, an updated list with expanded items of imported retail goods for cross-border e-commerce went into effect, he said. The list, published in April 2016, has been optimized several times and its raw material categories have steadily increased.
In the face of challenges and difficulties, China will continue its policies for foreign trade and safeguard the smooth operation of industrial and supply chains, he said.
China's total merchandise imports and exports rose 21.4 percent year-on-year to 39.1 trillion yuan (about 6.2 trillion U.S. dollars) in 2021.