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Enquiry: When importing to or exporting from China, are there any licences required?

Enquiry: When importing to or exporting from China, are there any licences required?
Enquiry: When importing to or exporting from China, are there any licences required?
As well as being subject to customs inspection and obliged to comply with PRC product specifications, certain goods can enter mainland China only with the appropriate import licence being secured. The exact licence required, if any, varies according to the nature of the goods in question:
  • In the case of electromechanical products and certain non- electromechanical products (such as grains, oil, foodstuffs and chemical fertilisers), an automatic import licence (granted to all applicants and solely used as the basic for the statistical analysis of imports), as issued by the local Department of Commerce or the Ministry of Commerce, is required
  • In the case of ozone-depleting substances and certain secondhand electromechanical products, a specific import licence must be secured from the State Council’s Commerce Department.

With regard to exports, a licence is required for all items that fall into one of the 44 categories listed in the 2018 Catalogue of Goods Subject to Export Licence Administration, which include certain live animnals, meats, mineral ores and automobiles.

For further details, please refer to the following link:

Updated Import and Export Licensing Catalogues

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