23 April 2015
Online CBA: How Should Stone Importers Complete Customs Clearance and Inspection Formalities?
Q: How Should Stone Importers Complete Customs Clearance and Inspection Formalities?
A: China requires that stones such as granite, limestone, sandstone and marble imported into the country be tested for radioactivity before customs clearance. Tests for radioactivity include both on-site tests and isotope analysis in laboratory. Stones imported in containers must be tested container by container. For bulk imports, tests shall be conducted on a certain percentage of the goods. The "Certificate of Quarantine and Inspection of Imported Stones" shall be issued if they pass the tests.
The following information and documents must be submitted for customs declaration:
1. "Certificate of Origin" issued by the exporting country;
2. Colour of the stone;
3. Name of the stone in English;
4. Manifest and invoice;
5. Bill of lading;
6. Others (specifications indicating the place of origin, usage, radioactivity level and category, and scope of application). The customs office will release the goods after price checking and inspection.
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