ULAN BATOR, March 15 (Xinhua) -- Mongolian Prime Minister Norov Altanhuyag has called for immediate steps to facilitate customs clearance in cross-border transport.
Altanhuyag said Thursday when inspecting Zamiin-Uud, a border crossing between Mongolia and China, that better customs clearance would promote Mongolian foreign trade.
Zamiin-Uud port suffers heavy burden in cross-border transport, especially after April each year, and at the peak of traffic, cargo delivery is badly delayed by about 20 days, authorities said.
In recent years, port congestion further deteriorated due to enhanced Mongolia-China trade.
To improve the situation, China and Mongolia signed an agreement on building a 1.15-km freight line, with China investing 13 million yuan (2.1 million U.S. dollars).
Construction of the line was completed last December. A railway linking Zamiin-Uud and the Chinese port city Ereen Hot was also built last year.