China customs speeds clearance of 1,004 quake-relief shipments

2008-07-11 13:33:56 GMT       2008-07-11 21:33:56 (Beijing Time)       Xinhua English

BEIJING, July 11 (Xinhua) -- Customs expedited clearance procedures for 1,004 batches of quake-relief materials and rescue personnel as of 2 p.m. on Friday, the General Administration of Customs of China (GACC) said on Friday in a web announcement.

This included 741 shipments of relief materials and rescue and medical teams from 64 countries and regions, the GACC said.

Another 263 shipments included imported food, water-purifying equipment, garments, sleeping bags, tents, medical instruments and communication equipment.

The death toll from the May 12 quake stood at 69,197 as of Friday noon.

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