Cross-Border E-Commerce Pilot Zone to be Established in Hangzhou

April 21, 2015 

By: Greg Pilarowski

On March 12, 2015, the State Council (国务院) released the Reply on Agreeing to Establish a Cross-Border E-Commerce Pilot Zone in China (Hangzhou) (国务院关于同意设立中国(杭州)跨境电子商务综合试验区的批复) (the “Reply”)[1], which allowed Hangzhou, the capital city of East China’s Zhejiang Province, to set up the country’s first cross-border e-commerce pilot zone.

According to the Reply, the pilot zone will focus on cross-border e-commerce transactions, payments, logistics, customs clearances and exchange settlements to ultimately build a comprehensive industry chain, which will be useful for cross-border e-commerce all over the world. Currently, neither Zhejiang Province nor Hangzhou City have issued the detailed implementation measures for the cross-border e-commerce pilot zone, so it is still not clear how the pilot zone will actually operate.

[1] See State council website for reference.