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Enquiry: Are Goods Imported for Display at Exhibitions or Trade Fairs Subject to Customs

Photo: Goods imported for display at exhibitions or trade fairs
Photo: Goods imported for display at exhibitions or trade fairs

All goods granted temporary approval by the mainland customs authority to be imported for display at exhibitions/trade fairs are not subject to customs duties provided that the liable tax entity or individual concerned pays a deposit or provides a guaranteeing sum of an amount equivalent to the taxes due on said goods at the time they enter Chinese jurisdiction. All such goods, however, must exit the country within six months of their initial entry date.

The goods typically qualifying for this exemption include:

1. Items used for display purposes at exhibitions, trade fairs, conventions or similar events
2. Articles for use as part of cultural or sporting exchange programmes
3. Equipment required for news reporting or the production of films or TV programmes
4. Equipment required for scientific research or for educational/medical use
5. Transportation or special-purpose vehicles required in pursuance of categories one to four (as above)
6. Sample goods
7. Instruments and tools required for the installation, calibration or testing of other equipment
8. Vessels containing goods qualifying for the exemptions outlined above
9. Other goods to be used for non-commercial purposes

In the event that any goods granted temporary approval for import have not exited the country within the specified period of time, the mainland customs authority reserves the right to subsequently levy tariffs in accordance with the prevailing laws and regulations.

For further details, please refer to the Regulations of the People’s Republic of China on Import and Export Duties and the Administrative Measures of the Customs of the People’s Republic of China on the Levying of Import and Export Duties.

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