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China Trials Pilot Two-Step Import Declaration System at Selected Customs Checkpoints

A Two-Step Declaration Pilot Reform programme, designed to streamline the overall import process, is under trial at selected customs checkpoints across the mainland – Manzhouli, Hangzhou, Ningbo, Qingdao, Shenzhen and Huangpu. The initiative will allow companies to take delivery of imported goods after completing the required Customs declaration within a specified time limit and obtaining official assent. In the case of taxable items, companies must lodge confirmation that duty payment security has been arranged at the relevant Customs office. Any unused portion of this secured credit line may be used as a guarantee against future import levies.

Details of this new facility can be found in the Announcement on the Launch of Two-Step Declaration Pilot Reform, as issued by the General Administration of Customs on 31 July this year. The existing declaration system will run in parallel with the pilot programme for the duration of the trial.

Source: General Administration of Customs

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