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What is the best way to ascertain individual import tariffs as they apply to the Chinese mainland?

10 Oct 2018

The first step to obtaining details of the specific tariffs levied by the mainland Customs Service is to identify the China HS Code of the product in question....Read More

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Are fertiliser imports to China required to undergo prior examination and approval?

3 Oct 2018

In accordance with the Administrative Measures for the Registration of Fertilisers (2017 Revised Edition), China has adopted a fertiliser registration and administration system....Read More

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Enquiry: Are Goods Imported Via Cross-Border E-Commerce Channels Exempt from Customs Duty?

20 June 2018

Under the tax policy on cross-border e-commerce retail imports introduced on 8 April 2016, all such goods imports are liable for customs duty, import VAT and consumption tax....Read More

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Enquiry: What is the tax due on items posted to the mainland?

6 June 2018

Inbound postal items for personal use in reasonable quantities are subject to a personal postal articles tax. This tax integrates customs duty, import VAT and consumption tax, but is generally lower t...Read More

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Enquiry: How can an import/export company secure approval to issue customs declarations and ensure it conforms to all inspection/quarantine requirements?

30 May 2018

As of 20 April this year, in line with the latest directive from the General Administration of Customs, a business will be entitled to issue a consolidated customs and inspection/quarantine declaratio...Read More

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Enquiry: Is it necessary to pay a fee should an inspection or a quarantine procedure be required when goods are imported to China?

9 May 2018

Entry/exit inspection and quarantine charges were suspended from 1 July 2017 onwards, freeing all importers from the obligation to pay any such fees....Read More

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

14 March 2018

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....Read More

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Enquiry: Is it possible to secure advance rulings regarding the customs status of imported/exported goods?

21 Feb 2018

According to the Interim Measures of the General Administration Customs (GAC) of the People’s Republic of China for the Administration of Advance Rulings, an importer/exporter may apply to the customs...Read More

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Enquiry: When Importing Medical/Optical Devices to China, What are the Required Approval Procedures?

17 Jan 2018

According the current Medical Device Classification Catalogue – as well as its new edition which will come into effect on 1 August 2018 – all optical devices (including contact lenses), medical instru...Read More

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Enquiry: What are the Prior Customs Formalities that Individuals Dispatching or Receiving Imported/Exported Items are Obliged to Complete?

4 Jan 2018

Under the terms of the Administrative Provisions of the Customs of the People's Republic of China for the Registration of Declaration Entities, consignors [shippers] and consignees [recipients] of imp...Read More

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Enquiry: When Importing Cosmetic Products, What are the Statutory Licensing and Inspection Procedures?

20 Dec 2017

Under the terms of the Detailed Rules for the Implementation of Regulations for Cosmetics Hygiene Supervision, administrative approval must be secured by overseas-based manufacturers of cosmetic produ...Read More

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Enquiry: According to China’s Regulatory Requirements, which Goods are Subject to Statutory Entry-Exit Inspections and Quarantine Procedures?

13 Dec 2017

According to the country’s prevailing laws, items listed in the Catalogue of Import and Export Commodities Subject to Inspection and Quarantine by Entry-Exit Inspection Authorities may be inspected up...Read More

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Enquiry: When Imported/Exported Goods are Returned, Can They Then Be Exempted from Customs Duties?

2 Nov 2017

In the case of exported goods returned intact to the mainland within a 12-month period on quality or specification grounds, the tax-liable entity or individual should submit the relevant bills, docume...Read More

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

26 Oct 2017

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 in...Read More

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Enquiry: What are the Rules or Conditions for Importing and Exporting Gold and Gold Products?

19 Oct 2017

Under China’s licensing system for the import and export of gold and gold products listed in the Catalogue of Gold and Gold Products Under Import and Export Control, a trader must submit to Customs th...Read More

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Enquiry: How is it Possible to Ensure that Consignments Routed to the Mainland via Hong Kong Enjoy the Preferential Tariffs Specified under the Relevant Free Trade Agreements?

24 Aug 2017

Over recent years, China has been extremely proactive with regards to establishing Free Trade Agreements (FTAs) with a variety of different countries and regions. Under the terms of these agreements, ...Read More

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Enquiry: What is the Difference between the Registration and Record-filing of Imported Health Foods?

3 Aug 2017

According to the Administrative Measures for the Registration and Record-Filing of Health Food issued by the China Food and Drug Administration (CFDA), as from 1 July 2016, health foods produced domes...Read More

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Enquiry: What are the Registration Procedures for Milk Powder Import?

27 July 2017

All imports of infant formula milk powder into China must apply for registration in accordance with the new regulations starting from 25 May 2017. Besides, the label of the product formula of infant f...Read More

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Enquiry: What are the Inspection and Quarantine Requirements for the Import of US Beef to China?

13 July 2017

China resumed the import of US beef on 20 June 2017. All beef of US origin imported to China must conform with specified inspection and quarantine requirements. The beef must be sourced from meat prod...Read More

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Enquiry: Which Goods are Prohibited from Being Mailed to China?

6 July 2017

A number of goods/product categories have been designated as unacceptable for carriage by the mail service within China. These include arms, ammunition, explosives, coins, banknotes, counterfeit curre...Read More

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