TIANJIN Harbour Container Co, the largest of its kind in China, plans to set up container transfer stations in several inland provinces and autonomous regions this year. According to a China Daily report, the move, designed to simplify and speed up freight transportation, is expected to help the landlocked regions expand foreign trade. At the new stations, to be located in major economic centres, trade companies from inland areas will deliver goods to be packaged in containers for export, get bills of lading, and settle foreign currency accounts. The containerised product will be given customs and quality inspection checks before being shipped overseas. Officials of Tianjin Harbour Container told a company-sponsored symposium in Beijing last weekend that in the first half of this year, it will open container transfer stations in Beijing, Taiyuan in Shanxi Province, Zhengzhou in Henan Province, and Yinchuan in Ningxia Hui Autonomous region. In addition, the company is negotiating with railway and highway officials in Inner Mongolia, Ningxia, Henan, Shandong, Heilongjiang, Sichuan, Shanxi and Shaanxi to open container transfer stations. Founded in 1980 as China's first international sea-land container terminal, Tianjin Harbour Container is now the country's largest, with seven berths. It can load or unload 80 to 90 container ships each day. The company is building more berths and, with the new container transfer stations, hopes to raise its annual handling capacity from 400,000 TEUs (20 ft equivalent units) to 700,000 by the end of 1995. The company has opened more than 20 international shipping lines in the past 10 years, linking Tianjin with about 70 ports in over 50 countries and regions.