Oyun-Erdene Luvsannamsrai: Zamiin-Uud Border Port Meets International Standards

2024-03-27 11:30:01

Ulaanbaatar, March 27, 2024 /MONTSAME/. Prime Minister of Mongolia Oyun-Erdene Luvsannamsrai visited the ongoing construction of the passenger and cargo transport complex at the Zamiin-Uud border port on March 24, 2024. As part of the Port Revival initiative under the "New Revival Policy," the port has undergone extensive renovation and expansion to align with international standards. The total area has been expanded eightfold, accommodating a sevenfold increase in capacity for passenger cars and tripling the capacity for large cargo vehicles.

The Prime Minister emphasized, “The primary objective of the "New Revival Policy" is to modernize the port infrastructure. Additionally, with the completion of the expansion and modernization of the Zamiin-Uud port, the main economic and trade gateway of Mongolia, it is now compliant with international standards. Previously, the Zamiin-Uud port handled approximately 900 passengers and 100 vehicles per hour. Now, following upgrades, these numbers have significantly risen to 5,000 passengers and 500 vehicles per hour. The port now operates 24 hours a day, with a capacity to serve up to 20,000 individuals daily, marking a substantial increase in its ability to handle passengers and goods.”

The Prime Minister expressed gratitude to the Government of the People's Republic of China for their assistance in swiftly resolving border connection issues during the pandemic and their policy support for the construction of four new export ports.

With a grant aid of CNY 233.5 million provided by the Chinese government and an investment of MNT 30.35 billion from the state budget of Mongolia, the project titled "Construction and Establishment of the Zamiin-Uud Border Port" has commenced operations. This project includes the construction of 30 new inspection facilities within the passenger transport section, covering an area of 9,500 square meters for complex buildings, as well as the erection of 28 buildings within the cargo transport section. Furthermore, engineering infrastructure lines spanning 2.2 kilometers were established, alongside the installation of 11 kilometers of power supply lines, substations, lighting, communication signalling systems, and camera installations. In addition, the "Smart Gateway" system was introduced, border control was combined with the customs office, duplication was reduced, and inspection was simplified.

In connection with the 24-hour operation of the passenger and cargo transport complex from April 2024, the number of staff was increased. Currently, 340 employees are working at Zamiin-Uud port. Officials informed the Prime Minister of the need to build housing to address the employees' social problems.

In Mongolia, the Zamiin-Uud port serves as a crucial gateway, facilitating 22 percent of the country's exports and 49 percent of its imports. Between 2019 to 2023, there was a significant increase in trade activity, with total imports rising from USD 2.7 billion to USD 4.5 billion, and exports increasing from USD 2.3 billion to USD 3.4 billion.

Members of Parliament, certain Government officials, and Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary of the People's Republic of China to Mongolia Shen Minjuan visited the Zamiin-Uud border port to inspect passenger and transportation facilities. Ambassador Shen Minjuan remarked on this occasion that the two sides had reached an agreement to establish an economic cooperation zone at the Mongolia-Ereen port of the PRC.

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