Staff with Tianjin Entry-Exit Inspection and Quarantine Bureau checking parallel-import cars.Photo by Zhou Wei, Jin Wan Bao
The parallel-import car volume surged in Tianjin. The first three quarters this year has witnessed a total of 296,000 imported cars, valued at RMB 13.69 billion (roughly USD 2.1 billion), being checked by Tianjin Entry-Exit Inspection and Quarantine Bureau, an increase of 32.4% and 42.2% compared with the same period in 2016. The number of unqualified imported vehicles went up accordingly. A total of 16,792 were rated below standard by the authorities, and many used vehicles were imported as new ones.