About 3,000 trucks crossed the Shenzhen-Hong Kong border daily via Shenzhen Bay Checkpoint in Nanshan District over the past week, up from 550 recorded Feb. 9.
The increases in the number of border-crossing trucks show production activities are catching up with normal operations amid nationwide efforts to prevent and control the novel coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak, Shenzhen Special Zone Daily said yesterday.
According to official statistics from Shenzhen Bay Checkpoint, the total number of trucks exiting and entering Shenzhen through the checkpoint hit 3,000 for the first time Feb. 19 and has remained stable in the week since.
On Feb. 9, the number was only 550. It climbed to 2,500 Feb. 13.
The increasing number of customs clearance trucks shows more enterprises have resumed production as anti-COVID-19 efforts are paying off. Shenzhen reported no new virus infections yesterday, the fifth day in a row. The number of infected patients in the city stood at 417 at press time yesterday, 262 of who have left the hospital after making full recovery.
Separately, truck drivers are advised to enter Hong Kong through Shenzhen Bay Checkpoint as the buffer parking area at Huanggang Checkpoint in Futian District will be closed for a checkpoint reconstruction project from March 1.
The buffer parking area to be closed is an enclosed space west of Futian Road South, south of Baihe Road, east of Tongqing Road and north of Beihe Road 3.
A 15,000-square-meter buffer parking area has been put into service near Shenzhen Bay Checkpoint, offering 90 parking places for border-crossing trucks. Temporary supporting facilities such as freight and customs clearance services are also available.
Truck drivers who still prefer to go through Huanggang Checkpoint are advised to plan their trips in advance and avoid the peak customs clearance periods so as not to cause traffic congestion around the checkpoint.