The major Chinese city of Shenzhen has set up a big data platform for cross-border e-commerce in the Qianhai Bay Free Trade Port Zone. Launched on Dec. 18, the southern city’s initiative will see the sharing of data between customs, tax, and foreign exchange departments, while connecting trading firms, supply chain service providers, and financial institutions to provide big data services for enterprises, local governments, and regulatory units involved in cross-border trade, the official announcement said. The platform is the first and only local government pilot platform of its kind authorized by the General Administration of Customs, the announcement added. Qianhai is a key location for cross-border e-commerce export shipments, with leading e-commerce platforms including JD, Pinduoduo, and Wish operating there alongside regional transit centers from international logistics giants UPS and DHL. [Shenzhen News, in Chinese]