China has approved a plan for an expanded customs service to boost international trade at the port of Tianjin in Northern China.
Under the plan, the water area of Tianjin Port will increase by 0.11ha to 0.15ha.
The project includes the construction of 71 new berths, raising the total number of berths to 146 at Tianjin.
The improvements are part of Tianjin's goal of building an international port city.
An official speaking on behalf of the port said that co-ordination is needed between government departments and port authorities in customs services if the opening-up stage is to be effective, according to China Daily USA.
Tianjin Port is the largest port in Northern China and has established trade ties with more than 500 ports in 180 countries and regions around the world.
The port's cargo throughput exceeded 500 million tonnes in 2013.