Chinese car firms accelerate development in Russia

In the Obuhav Motor City in the south of Moscow, the 4S shop of Chinese car brand Geely is eye-catching. The interior decoration of the store is brilliant and the auto models are shining under the lights.

In addition to Geely Automobile, Great Wall Motor’s factory is also expected to be put into production in Russia next year. Lifan, another Chinese auto company, is also actively launching new models suitable for local demand. Chinese auto companies are increasingly popular in the Russian market.

Chinese cars have a good localization rate and be loved by local consumers. A reporter met the Anatoly family who just bought a new car at Geely Automobile 4S. “How is the car experience?” asked the reporter. In response, Anatoly answered, “Have you seen the expression on the faces of our family of three?” Indeed, the happiness on their faces has been explained all undoubtedly.

In 2017, Geely Automobile established a joint venture factory in Belarus. Bo Yue and Di Hao models that are now mainly sold in the Russian market are all produced in factories in Belarus. After reaching the design capacity in the future, they will expand the market to the entire CIS and even the entire Eastern Europe.

Great Wall Motor entered the Russian market as early as 2004, and the local ownership has exceeded 100,000 units. At present, Great Wall Motor’s investment in the Tula, a state of Russia, is about 500 million US dollars, and the establishment of the factory with an annual production capacity of 150,000 units has entered the final stage. It is expected that after the completion of establishment in 2019, the localization rate will be further improved.

In the view of automakers in various countries, the Russian market is huge and the consumption potential needs there is to be released. Despite of the attractive market prospects, the competition is fierce. In order to gain a market share in the Russia, all Chinese automakers have been eagerly striving. For example, Chery Automobile has accurately positioned the target customers-the middle class between 35 and 55 years old, for its two kinds of cars in Russia by doing market research.

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Mainland and Hong Kong CEPA Agreement on Trade

With the approval of The State Council of the People’s Republic of China, on the morning of December 14th, 2018, Fu Ziying, the international trade negotiator and deputy minister of the Ministry of Commerce, and the Hong Kong Financial Secretary Chen Maobo signed the CEPA  Agreement on Trade in Hong Kong. According to the Agreement, from January 1st, 2019, the goods imported from Hong Kong to the mainland China will fully enjoy zero tariff.

CEPA Agreement in Goods

The newly signed CEPA Agreement on Goods Trade has stipulation on tariffs and tariff quotas:

First, Hong Kong should continue to impose zero tariffs on all imported goods originating in the Mainland. And the Mainland should implement zero tariffs on imported goods originating in Hong Kong from Jan. 1st, 2019.

Second, one party could not impose tariff quotas on imported goods originating from the other party.

It is reported that the “CEPA Agreement on Trade” is an important part of the CEPA upgrade. It is a special economic and trade arrangement between the mainland and Hong Kong in accordance with the rules of the World Trade Organization under the “one country, two systems” framework. The CEPA Agreement on Trade is a sub-agreement of CEPA, having completed the CEPA upgrade together with the previously signed CEPA Agreement onService Trade, CEPA Agreement on Investment and CEPA Economic and Technical Cooperation Agreement.

After signing the Agreement, the two parties completed the goal of promoting the Arrangement upgrade proposed in the national “13th Five-Year Plan” ahead of schedule, and the CEPA is upgraded into a more comprehensive modern free trade agreement covering four important areas-goods trade, services trade, investment, as well as economic and technical cooperation.

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Chinese ports to levy a low-sulphur fuel fee from Jan. 1st

Following the introduction of the LSS low-sulphur surcharge in Shanghai Port and Ningbo Port in November, from January 1st 2019, this surcharge will be introduced in other ports in China!
At present, many shipping companies shipping from various ports such as Qingdao Port, Tianjin Port, Shenzhen Port etc., have released notices of this news.
It is reported that with the approaching of the “Sulfur Limit Order” formulated by the International Maritime Organization (IMO), major shipping companies have developed measures to deal with it. Since the cost of low-sulfur oil is higher than that of ordinary diesel, many shipping companies have decided to share the charge with the cargo owners since January next year. It is estimated that generally US$20 will be charged per TEU.
The International Maritime Organization’s “Sulfur Limit Order” aimed to protect our environment, but at the same time, it also affects international shipping companies. For shipping companies, they should pay close attention to this and well negotiate with the consignors about the charge sharing. Besides, when the price/quote is quoted, it is necessary for them to add this cost!
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10,000 MTs China steel rails shipped to Indonesia for key projects construction

The 11,000 MTs Japanese standard “HH370 online heat-treated steel rail” produced by China’s Angang Steel Co., Ltd. (hereinafter referred to as Angang for short) went to the sea successfully from Bayuquan Port, Liaoning Province on the 4th. Angang announced that the batch of rails would be applied to the Indonesian “PT.SERVO” project.

This is another application of the Angang Steel Rails in the countries along the “Belt and Road” following the laying of the “Eastern Economic Corridor” in Thailand.

It is understood that the “PT.SERVO” project is a key project in the development plan launched by the Indonesian government. The route designed is from the Tanjung Rahat Mine to Panjiang Port, with a total length of 150 kilometers.

Angang aims at the world’s most advanced heat-treated rail production process and technology. Through years of painstaking study, it has brought the hardness, hardenability layer and uniformity of its steel rail to the international advanced level.

In recent years, Angang’s online heat-treating steel rail have continuously expanded overseas “friends circle” and took advantage of China’s “Belt and Road” initiative to set up a new pattern of export in more than 30 countries and regions along the “Belt and Road”.

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China’s trade volume 2018 exceeds 2017

According to China customs data, China’s total import and export volume from January to mid-November exceeded the overall trade volume in 2017.

The General Administration of Customs (GAC) did not publish detailed data, but said the figure was nearly 15% higher than the same period in 2017. In 2017, China’s total foreign trade volume was 27.79 trillion yuan (about 4 trillion US dollars).

Despite of the increase in external uncertainty, China’s exports and imports grew strongly in October, up 14.2% year-on-year. In the first 10 months of this year, the total volume of foreign trade was 25.05 trillion yuan, an increase of 11.3% over the same period last year.

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Russia continues oil trade with Iran despite of US sanctions

Russia vowed to continue its oil trade with Iran to prevent the United States from curbing its oil sales since the November 5th when the US sanctions against OPEC producers came into effect.

The United States will re-enact sanctions aimed at curbing Iran’s oil exports, and the Trump administration has warned Moscow not to take any action that might help the Islamic Republic of Iran to evade US sanctions measures.

But Russian Energy Minister Alexander Novak told the Financial Times that Russia was seeking to continue to develop trade with Iran, regardless of sanctions.

Nowak said: “We believe that we should look for a mechanism that will allow us to continue to cooperate with our partner Iran.”

The Russian Foreign Ministry said that after the United States imposed sanctions, he could clearly confirm that trade would continue.

Last week, during the visit of John Donald, the hawkish national security adviser to President Donald Trump, some US officials warned their Russian counterparts not to try to assist Iran in selling oil on the international market.

However, analysts and business people predicted that Russia would continue to export at least 1 million barrels a day after November 5th, mainly to Asian countries that were willing to ignore sanctions or could get US exemptions. Concerns over a sharp drop in Iranian exports have pushed oil prices to a four-year high of more than $86 a barrel last month.

At the same time, it was reported that the United States had agreed to allow eight countries, including Japan, India and South Korea, to continue to purchase Iranian oil after re-implementing sanctions against the OPEC producers on November 5th.

Sino-Russia bilateral settlement adopt their own system to reduce risks

Russian media said that in the first 10 months of 2018, the amount of RMB-Ruble swaps on the Moscow Stock Exchange was almost 1.5 times that of the 2017 annual exchange. This was introduced to the reporter by Igor Maric, managing director of the Moscow Stock Exchange on currency and derivatives market. Earlier, Russia and China reached an agreement to expand the use of the ruble and the renminbi in bilateral trade services.

According to a report by the Russian Satellite News Agency on November 28th, the Russian Central Bank and the People’s Bank of China signed a currency swap agreement as early as 2014. At that time, the swap transaction amount in the agreement was 815 billion rubles and 150 billion yuan for a period of 3 years. From the statistics, the trial was successful. According to data from the Moscow Stock Exchange, in the first 10 months of 2018, the RMB-Ruble swap transaction amounted to 943 billion rubles. According to the report of the People’s Bank of China, the RMB business volume used to purchase ruble in the interbank market in China increased by 105.3% in the third quarter of 2018, reaching 4.9 billion yuan, almost doubled that of the same period last year.

The report said that both China and Russia believed that Russia and China were under the pressure of US unilateralism. Liu Ying, a researcher at the Chongyang Financial Research Institute of Renmin University of China, said that the use of local currency in international settlements would help to challenge the hegemony of the dollar and protect the country from possible pressure from the US.

The Trump administration to explore mechanisms to increase tariffs on Chinese cars

According to Reuters, US Trade Representative Robert Rheinheiser said on Wednesday that he would study all the mechanisms to increase tariffs on Chinese cars.

Lightheiser clarified that he took such action under the direction of US President Donald Trump and criticized China’s “obvious” responsibility for American cars.

“As the President has repeatedly pointed out, China’s active, state-led industrial policies are causing serious damage to American workers and producers,” Lightheiser said.

In addition to the 2.5% tariff, which is usually charged, the United States imposes a 25% tariff on Chinese cars.

In July, China raised the import tariff on American cars to 40%. This occurred a few days after the tariffs on foreign cars and spare parts fell from 25% to 15%.

Donald Trump has expected to meet with Chinese President Xi Jinping at the G20 summit in Buenos Aires from November 30th to December 1st.

According to Vesti.Ekonomika, on the eve of the summit, the White House Chief Economic Adviser Larry Kadlow questioned the settlement of the trade conflict with China and said that the negotiations did not move forward and a new round of tariffs may emerge.

Earlier this week, Trump said in an interview with The Wall Street Journal that he was “very unlikely” to increase China’s import tariffs from 10% in February to 25% since January 1st. He also threatened to impose an additional tariff of $267 billion on Chinese goods.

Britain’s non-agreement Brexit to lead to a 8% GDP contraction

The Bank of England said that if the UK leaves the EU within four months without an agreement, the UK may have a greater impact on its economy than the global financial crisis 10 years ago.

The worst result of Brexit is, after one year of separation from the EU, the UK’s GDP will fall by 8%. At the same time the price of residential real estate will suffer a drop by 30%- 48%. According to the analysis report of the regulator, the national currency against the US dollar will fall by 25%. The unemployment rate will reach by 7.5% and the inflation rate will rise to 6.5%.

As the Bank of England said, the weak economic growth in the UK is likely to begin a positive shift in 2023.

At the same time, the regulators point out that large UK banks have prepared to deal with the various consequences of Brexit, including the worst. The UK Central Bank mentioned the results of the annual stress test, indicating that financial institutions had sufficient capital and reserves.