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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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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Can a place of origin pre-ruling be obtained prior to importing goods to China?

27 Dec 2018

In line with the Interim Measures of the General Administration of Customs of the People’s Republic of China for the Administration of Pre-Ruling, a consignee may apply to the designated customs offic...Read More

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Is a permit required for the mainland import of mosquito repellents and other pesticides?

12 Dec 2018

Under the terms of the Regulations on Pesticide Administration (Revised Version 2017) and its related implementation measures, a Pesticide Registration Certificate must be secured prior to importing a...Read More

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In the case of goods imported to China, what criteria are used to determine their Place of Origin?

5 Dec 2018

As laid down in the Regulations of the People’s Republic of China on the Place of Origin of Import and Export Goods, the following criteria are used when determining the Place of Origin of goods impor...Read More

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Is pre-registration a necessity when importing pet food to China?

28 Nov 2018

Before importing any pet food – including specialist cat or dog food – to China, the appropriate Import Registration Certificate must be secured from the Ministry of Agriculture and Rural Affairs....Read More

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