East China's Xiamen port ranked first in the imports of beer and cubilose – the Asian gastronomic delicacy of bird's nests made from the saliva of swiftlets – among Chinese ports in the first 11 months of 2022, according to the latest records from local customs.
The port imported more than 27.59 metric tons of cubilose, or edible bird's nests, valued at 174 million yuan ($25.33 million) – increases of 77.4 percent and 62.6 percent over the same period in 2021.
In November, 4.3 tons of cubilose worth 26.61 million yuan was imported through Xiamen port, up 92.8 percent and 82.01 percent respectively year-on-year.
During the period, the port imported beer valued at 880 million yuan, accounting for 22.5 percent of the country's total, in a performance that ranked it first in China.
This effort was attributed to the optimization of the port's customs clearances and its geographical location.
Customs official Tang Feifan said local customs carried out risk analysis in advance and dispatched personnel to review and evaluate various customs declarations, especially with food and fresh farm and seafood products.
"At the same time, a dedicated inspection site was opened to ensure that after the declaration of goods is complete, they enter a fast-track channel featuring prioritized inspections, prioritized quarantines and prioritized testing," Tang added.