Keelung Port pushes to be in Free Trade Zone
By Linger Liu,The China PostTAIPEI, Taiwan -- Keelung City Council Speaker Huang Ching-tai (黃景泰) yesterday said it is unreasonable that the minister for the Council for Economic Planning and Development (CEPD) suggested removing the Port of Keelung from the Free Trade Zone.
February 23, 2013, 12:01 am TWN
Huang said CEPD Minister Kuan Chung-ming (管中閔) previously commented that the Port of Keelung is too small to be the international harbor for the Free Trade Zone development project.
Huang said the minister contradicted himself compared to his earlier statements on the development project.
The speaker said the Port of Keelung and the Taiwan International Ports Corporation will cooperate with the port's businesses and local industry to provide more services once joining the free trade zone.
The company said Keelung Port is close to Taipei, a market center and the heart of politics in Northern Taiwan, adding that the port is also surrounded and supported by the science parks of Xizhi, Nangang and Neihu, and industrial parks in Dawulun, Ruifang and Liudu.
The company also said Keelung Port enables marine shipping, international logistics operators, warehousing agents, large wholesalers and multinational import and export traders to use the port as an operational base. The speaker said once the port is open as a free trade area it can at the same time initiate profit-growth initiatives with marine-related industries.
The company said being in the Free Trade Zone promotes a streamlining of transport, distribution and processing to help enterprises save considerable time and significantly enhance their operational efficiency.
According to the company, Keelung Port has direct connections to Freeways 1 and 3, providing convenient transportation.