Maritime and Port Bureau, MOTC announced on August 31 that there will be a trial program for passenger customs clearing services at Fu'ao Port in Nangan, lasting from September 1 to the end of the year. Customs services shall be provided to Taiwanese passengers departing from Nangan on the Beigan—Huangqi line in Matsu Mini Three Links. After the ship reaches Beigan, the passengers and the luggage do not have to disembark and the ship will sail directly to Huangqi. This is a very convenient reform for citizens of Matsu.
Maritime and Port Bureau stated that in order to improve services on the Beigan—Huangqi line, it has coordinated with related agencies to run a trial for the aforementioned services. Furthermore, an onsite survey and implementation were carried out in the Nangan Fu'ao Passenger Building today to ensure that outbound procedures for passengers, customs clearing, and safety inspection equipment were in readiness for passengers to enjoy convenient customs services.
Maritime and Port Bureau stated that since the opening of the Beigan—Huangqi line on December 24, 2015, a portion of passengers have been required to disembark for outbound procedures, after taking the ship from Nangan Fu'ao Port to Beigan Baisha Port, and before taking the Mini Three Links ship to Huangqi in Mainland China. As passengers often have large suitcases with them, the multiple embarkations have made it exceedingly inconvenient for them.
Maritime and Port Bureau learned about the aforementioned conditions and performed an assessment on the Nangan Fu'ao Passenger Building that was inaugurated in May 2017. The assessment showed that the space and facilities would be able to satisfy the requirements to provide outbound checks and customs services for passengers on the Beigan—Huangqi line. Maritime and Port Bureau then invited the Mainland Affairs Council of the Executive Yuan and related CIQS agencies to discuss the customs clearing measures and plans for the docking of ships. The agencies resolved to carry out customs clearing services for Taiwanese outbound passengers at Nangan Fu'ao Port.
Maritime and Port Bureau conducted an onsite survey on related facilities and exercises on passenger customs clearing routes with the Lienchiang County Government and representatives from related agencies to ensure the completion of preparations. If flexible adjustments and responses are required for matters related to follow-up, the Matsu Port Inspection Coordination Center shall be responsible for implementation to ensure the smooth flow of passengers through customs. Maritime and Port Bureau shall also continue to track the status of the trial, and will employ rolling review and coordination to provide passengers with convenient and safe transportation.