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Do ASEAN-origin products qualify for the ASEAN-China FTA preferential tariffs If they have been imported into mainland China via Hong Kong?

11 Nov 2019

Under the terms of the Framework Agreement on Comprehensive Economic Co-operation Between ASEAN and the People’s Republic of China, products from ASEAN countries imported into China must be directly s...Read More


When carried by individuals entering / exiting the mainland, which animal / plant species are subject to a mandatory customs declaration?

11 Oct 2019

Individuals carrying the following animals, plants and other sundry items in / out of the mainland are subject to a mandatory customs declaration and / or statutory quarantine procedures....Read More


Are there any particular issues to bear in mind when importing diamonds into mainland China?

20 Sept 2019

When importing diamonds – including rough diamonds and unmounted diamonds – into mainland China, the importer is required to complete all the import-export customs declaration procedures required via ...Read More


Which animals / plants are individuals prohibited from conveying in or out of – or posting to and from – China?

2 Sept 2019

According to standing mainland regulatory requirements, the following items cannot be posted or conveyed in or out of China: animals and animal Products, plants and plant products, and sundry....Read More


Has China reduced its personal postal articles tax?

5 June 2019

China reduced its Personal Postal Articles Tax on 9 April this year. To qualify for the Personal Postal Articles Tax, articles mailed from Hong Kong, Macao or Taiwan should be valued at no more than R...Read More


Which government departments are now responsible for the supervision of food, cosmetics and drugs in China?

29 May 2019

Following the 2018 restructuring of the ministries and commissions directly under the State Council, the former China Food and Drug Administration was dissolved and its supervisory role split between ...Read More


Which products can be legally imported to mainland China via the cross-border e-commerce mechanism?

22 May 2019

Any products complying with China’s statutory regulations with regard to cross-border e-commerce retail imports can be imported to the mainland via a cross-border e-commerce platform....Read More


Do importers of infant formula need to provide information relating to the original overseas producer?

15 May 2019

Currently, imported dairy products, including infant formula milk products, are listed in the Catalogue for the Registration of Overseas Producers of Imported Food. Accordingly, overseas producers mus...Read More


What are the statutory requirements when fresh fruits are imported into China?

2 May 2019

All imported fruits from foreign countries must comply with all China’s relevant inspection and quarantine requirements....Read More


When importing samples / exhibition goods into China are they deemed to be exempt from import duty?

24 April 2019

In the case of samples / exhibition goods that are being temporarily imported into China, the consignee / consignor of the goods may apply to the relevant mainland customs authority for temporary admi...Read More


Is it necessary to obtain a licence prior to importing goods into China?

17 April 2019

In the case of all goods listed in the 2019 Catalogue of Goods Subject to Import Licensing Administration or the 2019 Catalogue of Goods Subject to Automatic Import Licensing Administration, the impor...Read More


If imported into China on a cross-border e-commerce basis are cosmetic products exempt from the statutory registration requirements?

10 April 2019

Cosmetics products imported on a cross-border e-commerce basis will be deemed to be for personal use provided they are on the List of Cross-Border E-Commerce Retail Imports and satisfy all conditions ...Read More


Are cross-border e-commerce imports and general trade imports taxed differently?

20 March 2019

Under the terms of the current cross-border e-commerce retail import regulatory policy, a 0% customs levy temporarily applies to all such goods (within a set quota), while import VAT and consumption t...Read More


Do overseas producers of food imports need to register in China?

13 March 2019

In the case of all food listed in the Catalogue for the Registration of Overseas Producers of Imports, overseas producers must register in China before they can import any such goods to the mainland....Read More


What is the current maximum value permitted for a single cross-border e-commerce import transaction?

6 March 2019

On 1 January this year, the value limit per transaction for cross-border e-commerce retail imports was raised from RMB2,000 (US$300) to RMB5,000. As of the same date, the annual per person limit incre...Read More


Is it still necessary to secure prior approval when importing non-special-use cosmetics to China?

20 Feb 2019

Compliance with a unified system of record-filing management replaced the need for prior administrative approval when importing non-special-use cosmetics to China as of 10 November last year....Read More


With China customs now responsible for all entry / exit inspection and quarantine procedures, what impact has this had on the statutory declaration process?

13 Feb 2019

When the National People’s Congress endorsed the State Council’s institutional reform plan in March last year, the entry-exit inspection and quarantine responsibilities of the former General Administr...Read More


Before importing edible oils to China, is it first necessary to secure a specific Import Licence?

4 Feb 2019

In addition to being subject to the standard commodity inspections, some goods – including certain edible oils – need to have secured a licence prior to being imported to China....Read More


Which mainland cities have been approved to engage in cross-border e-commerce import activities?

23 Jan 2019

Between 2015 and 2016, the State Council approved cross-border e-commerce comprehensive pilot zones in 13 cities – Hangzhou, Tianjin, Shanghai, Chongqing, Hefei, Zhengzhou, Guangzhou, Chengdu, Dalian,...Read More


Is it necessary to compete any record-filing procedures prior to importing food to China?

2 Jan 2019

Before importing standard food items to China, the overseas manufacturers, exporters and agents and the domestic importers of the products must complete the relevant record-filing procedures with the ...Read More

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