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Online CBA: When Importing Goods into China, Can Bonded Logistics Warehouses be Used as Regional Transit Depots to Speed up Logistics Flow and Reduce Cost?

Photo: Importing goods
Photo: Importing goods

Q: When importing goods into China, can bonded logistics warehouses be used as regional transit depots for processing, preservation and delivery in order to speed up logistics flow and reduce cost?

A: The following stipulations under the Provisions of the Customs of the PRC on the Administration of Bonded Warehouses and the Goods Stored Therein may apply:

Article 5: The following goods may be stored in a bonded warehouse with the approval of the customs office:

1. Imported goods for processing trade;
2. Transit goods;
3. Oils, materials and maintenance spare parts for vessels and aircraft engaged in international voyages or flights;
4. Imported consignments of spare parts for the maintenance of foreign products;
5. Goods temporarily stored by foreign firms;
6. Goods imported in general trade that have not completed customs formalities; and
7. Other goods approved by the customs office that have not completed customs formalities.

Bonded warehouses shall carry out the business of bonded storage in accordance with the range of goods and categories of commodities approved by the customs office for storage.

Article 22: The goods stored in a bonded warehouse may go through simple processing, such as packaging, grading and classification, adding shipping marks, and dismantling and assembling, but no substantial processing may be carried out. Without approval of the customs office, the goods stored in a bonded warehouse may not be sold, transferred, mortgaged, pledged, kept as lien, used for other purposes, or disposed of otherwise.

Article 24: The storage period of the goods stored in a bonded warehouse is one year. The period may be extended if there are really justified reasons; but the extension may not exceed one year except under special circumstances.

Article 25: The goods stored in a bonded warehouse under any of the following circumstances may go through the formalities for warehouse exit upon approval of the customs office, and the customs office shall carry out administration and examination prior to clearance according to the relevant provisions:

1. To be transported abroad;
2. To be transported to another bonded area or export processing area in China or be allocated to another bonded warehouse for further control;
3. To become imported goods for processing trade;
4. To be sold on the domestic market; or
5. Other circumstances specified by the customs office.

Article 26: Where the goods stored in a bonded warehouse are to leave the warehouse and to be transferred to another place in China, the consignor or consignee or the agent thereof shall fill in the import declaration form and shall make declaration with the customs office with the relevant documents, such as the warehouse exit instrument; the bonded warehouse shall go through the warehouse exit formalities with the customs office and discharge the goods upon the strength of the declaration signed by the customs office for clearance.

Where any goods are to be taken out of a bonded warehouse in a different place, the goods may be declared with the customs office in charge of that bonded warehouse, or go through the formalities for transit according to the provisions on customs control.

Where goods stored in a bonded warehouse are to leave in small quantities but in frequent intervals, a centralised customs declaration may be handled upon approval of the customs office.

Article 27: Where the goods stored in a bonded warehouse are to leave the warehouse and to be re-transported abroad, the consignor or the agent thereof shall fill in the export declaration form, and make the declaration with the customs office on the basis of the relevant documents such as the warehouse exit instrument; the bonded warehouse shall handle the formalities for warehouse exit with the customs office and discharge the goods on the strength of the declaration form signed by the customs office for clearance. Where the export port of outward goods is not under the jurisdiction of the customs office in charge of the bonded warehouse, the relevant formalities may, upon approval of the customs office, be handled at the customs office of the export port, or the formalities for transit may be handled according to the relevant provisions on customs control.

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