54,781 copies of general certificates of origin (C/O) were issued in East China's Anhui province in 2016, up 20.67 percent from a year earlier, as local businesses rushed to make global presence after President Xi Jinping proposed the Belt and Road initiative, Anhui Daily reported.
The C/O is used in international trade to affirm that exports have been produced and processed in a particular country.
In addition, 3,852 copies of preferential C/O were issued in the province last year, representing a year-on-year surge of 537.75 percent.
That was achieved through the efforts made by local authorities, which took steps to simplify application procedures and provide efficient services. For example, they promoted the use of electronic form of C/O.
As part of its efforts to facilitate Anhui-based companies' going global, the provincial Council for the Promotion of International Trade expanded its portfolio to include offering business certificate services to cross-border online traders and handling commission services related to business visas and customs declaration.
The province issued 7,543 business certificates last year, up 65.20 percent year-on-year, statistics from the council showed.