Chinese Ministry of Commerce spokesman revealed on an e-commerce press conference on September 26, 2013 several policies regarding the development of cross-border e-commerce have been tested in pilot cities such as Shanghai. It would be promoted nationwide.
At present, the number of cross-border e-commerce enterprises has reached 5,000. And the number of enterprises participated in cross-border e-commerce through a variety of platforms has surpassed 200,000.
Besides, 17 third-party payment enterprises were the first granted by State Administration of Foreign Exchange to do cross-border e-commerce foreign exchange payment.
In 2012, China e-commerce transaction hit 8 trillion yuan ( USD 1.3 trilllion ), with a year-over-year growth of 31.7%. In the first half of 2013, it reached 8.8 trillion yuan ( USD 1.4 trillion ), 70% more than that of 2012. Meanwhile, cross-border e-commerce transaction in 2012 grew fast, reached 2 trillion yuan ( USD 325 billion ).
As cross-border e-commerce booms, its need for support from platforms, logistics, payment and settlement and custom inspection. Chinese Ministry of Commerce has drafted policies in support of cross-border B2C in custom clearance, inspection, settlement of exchange, tax refund and statistics. It has been tested in Shanghai, Hangzhou, Ningbo, Chongqing and Zhengzhou, it will be promoted across the country after October 1 2013.