Passengers wanting to cross the HZMB between Zhuhai and Hong Kong got a big boost recently with the launch of new point-to-point services. The Zhuhai Public Transportation Group has teamed up with Hong Kong’s Kwoon Chung Bus Holdings Limited to offer a “one ticket multiple destinations” scheme.
Passengers can log onto the WeChat account of Zhuhai Public Transportation and with one click buy bus tickets from Zhuhai’s city center to the Zhuhai port of the HZMB. From there they can transfer to buses heading to different destinations in Hong Kong.
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The Hong Kong-Zhuhai-Macau Bridge (HZMB) has handled cargo worth RMB14.56 billion in the first five months, or 99,000 tons. This is seen improving steadily in the coming months an improved clearance process has been implemented whereby goods may be declared in advance. A “one-stop” check point system has facilitated easier flows, while the clearance and examination process has been speeded up. Cargo can also now be processed at the Port 24 hours every day.
Currently, it takes only 5 hours to complete the process from the customs declaration of goods to the actual receipt of goods at the factory, which saves about one day of time compared with ferry transport, according to a company from Zhuhai. Compared with the previous route through the Humen Bridge, HZMB also saves up 20% in costs for every container.
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Macau’s visitor arrivals continued to surge, rising 25.6% YoY to 3.39 million last month. According to official data, the increase was driven by day-trippers from the mainland traveling on the IVS permits, up nearly 30%. Moreover, visitors from the nine GBA cities inside Guangdong surged 45.8%, with Zhuhai (64.9%) and Guangzhou (39.8%) standing out.
In the first five months of 2019, arrivals were 17.19 million, up 21%.
Visitors from Hong Kong increased 20%, mostly coming via the HZMB. South Koreans continued to be tops among foreign visitors, rising 1.2% to 65,763 in May.
It’s not enough as a people-carrier: the Hong Kong-Zhuhai-Macao Bridge (HZMB) must have a space where people can stop and take some selfies. According to Xinhua News Agency, the bridge’s management committee is assessing proposals received in a tender for the island, and the winner will be announced soon.
The eastern island will have an attraction covering around one-fourth of its land, in addition to a sightseeing trail that will be built around the island. The western island is being kept pristine, designated for management.
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OK, so the Hong Kong-Zhuhai-Macao Bridge is a wonder to behold: the longest sea crossing in the world, connecting the two sides of the Greater Bay Area. But how can one actually drive on it? Here is a rough guide.
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We may have confused some readers in explaining yesterday how the HK Transport Dept handles permits for driving on the HK-Zhuhai-Macao Bridge (HZMB). It is a fiendishly complicated topic. So, to further clarify:
There are two ways to drive on the HZMB: 1) With a single, HK-issued, license plate under the Park-and-Ride scheme; and 2) With a dual-plate issued by the governments of Guangdong and HK, under the Cross-Boundary Private Car License scheme.
Yesterday’s story was about the second scheme. Cars with dual plates that have been going from Hong Kong into Guangdong via Shenzhen Bay, Lok Ma Chau, Man Kam To, and Shau Tau Kok can now go in via the HZMB. But there is a quota for this, and so they need to apply for their existing Closed Road Permit to include the HZMB. This quota has been raised by 4,500, effective April 15, so it is highly likely that everyone who could be bothered to apply for the HZMB will be approved. (Most drivers would likely still prefer to go via Shenzhen because it’s quicker that way to reach the eastern side of the Bay.)
Approvals under this scheme, for those who had been driving via Shenzhen Bay, will start being handed out on April 29. Users of the other three crossing points have been using the bridge since February 25.
The first scheme, Park and Ride, is completely different. It involves signing up via the HKTD website, as explained yesterday, but only allows Hong Kong cars with single plates to go across as far as the Immigration Island on the Macau/Zhuhai side. There, they can park in the 3,000-place car park. Yes, they can only do that if they have already reserved a place in that car park. They must get out at that point, pass through immigration controls, and take public transport into Macau and/or Zhuhai. We are going through the 24-page explainer document provided by the HKTD and will update further soon. Suffice to say at the moment that it requires Herculean strength of will and Stoic patience to get through this.
George Yeo, head of Kerry Logistics, knows the art of diplomacy. The former Singaporean foreign minister now heads one of the Greater Bay Area’s biggest logistics companies, Kerry Logistics. Yet it is clear in this feature on SCMP that he has decided it’s time to speak some hard truths. Here is an excerpt:
“The details are very important. Right now we have the broad framework and the general idea [of the plan]. We have to go down now to the nitty gritty, to the specific details,” Yeo said.
“There is still very little cargo going across because the rules are not clearly settled with the customs authorities. I am sure it will be resolved within a few months. There are practical details about how to clear containers and where to clear them and the smoother it is the better.”
“The clearer the rules are the more the trucks that carry such containers can pass through with minimum friction.”
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