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US Beef Import Ban Lifted

29 June 2017

The import of beef of US origin was authorised to resume as of 20 June this year. All such beef, however, must be sourced from meat enterprises registered with the Certification and Accreditation Admi...Read More

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CFDA Employees Face Prosecution for Breaching Confidentiality on Drug and Medical Device Testing

29 June 2017

Any employees of the China Food and Drug Administration (CFDA) who breach confidentiality with regard to any information they have become privy to during the course of conducting their duties will now...Read More

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Upper Annual Tax Limit Raised for Low-Profit Businesses

28 June 2017

The upper limit of annual taxable income of low-profit enterprises is to be raised from RMB300,000 to RMB500,000. In the case of enterprises with an annual taxable income of RMB500,000 or below, taxab...Read More

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IPR Infringements and Counterfeiting Activities Targetted in Nationwide Initiative

27 June 2017

A national crackdown on copyright infringements and the production / distribution of counterfeit items has been initiated by the State Council. This will run in tandem with moves to strengthen IPR pro...Read More

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Filing Requirements Specified for Health Food Distributors and Manufacturers

23 June 2017

Any company manufacturing / distributing any of the varieties of health foods listed in the Health Food Raw Materials Directory is now obliged to file all of the required details with the China Food a...Read More

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Streamlined Online Import-Export Tax Rebate Programme Commences Trials

22 June 2017

Digitally-signed declarations and other required documents may now be submitted online as part of a pilot programme aimed at streamlining the import / export tax rebate process....Read More

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Guidelines Updated for the Registration and Labelling of Infant Formula Milk Powder

21 June 2017

New guidelines with regard to both the technical content of infant formula milk powder labelling and to the items and application materials required for the registration of such products have been int...Read More

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Guangdong Updates Green Food Certification Renewal Process

20 June 2017

The Guangdong Provincial Green Food Development Centre is now handling all applications for certification renewals, on-site inspection, verification and written examinations with regard to the product...Read More

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Amended Guidelines for the Arbitration of Labour and Personnel Disputes

19 June 2017

The rules governing the resolution of labour and personnel disputes are to be amended as of 1 July. Among the key changes is the provision of financial compensation for individuals deemed to have been...Read More

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Clampdown Announced on Illicit Online Sales Practices

16 June 2017

Online marketplaces are to be under particular scrutiny until the end of November this year as part of a crackdown on misleading and unlawful sales practices....Read More

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VAT Invoices Invalid Without Taxpayer Identification Number

15 June 2017

Any enterprise requesting a VAT invoice for a particular purchase is now obliged to provide the vendor with its taxpayer identification number / unified social credit code. The vendor must then record...Read More

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Quarantine Charges Dropped by 10% with Immediate Effect

14 June 2017

All quarantine charges, as applicable to any items for import / export, have been reduced by 10% with immediate effect....Read More

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Real Name Registration Now Obligatory for Drone-Owners

13 June 2017

Drone-owners have until 31 August this year to register – using their real names – with the Civil Aviation Administration of China (CAAC). The requirement sees both owners and manufacturers of drones ...Read More

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Regulations on Medical Device Usage and Management Amended

9 June 2017

Several amendments to the current Regulations on the Supervision and Administration of Medical Devices have been issued by the State Council. Primarily, these updates relate to the statutory permissio...Read More

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Pudong Cosmetics Import Process Streamlined by Shift to Record-Filing System

8 June 2017

Shanghai’s Pudong New Area has now adopted a record filing system with regard to the import of non-special-purpose cosmetics. The move replaces the previous approval-based process and has been designe...Read More

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Seven Priorities Identified for Boosting Government Transparency

7 June 2017

A new initiative from the State Administration for Industry and Commerce (SAIC) has been designed to promote government “transparency in five aspects” – decision-making, enforcement, administration, a...Read More

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Patent Sector Gets Major Upgrade in Line with National IP Aspirations

6 June 2017

In line with government plans to boost China’s intellectual property sector over the next five years, the number and quality of the country’s patent agents has been earmarked for a major upgrade. Unde...Read More

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Oral Reviews Approved as Part of Trademark Review Process

5 June 2017

Oral reviews, as a part of any trademark review case, may now be held at the request of the relevant parties or if deemed necessary by the Trademark Review and Adjudication Board. This new facility ha...Read More

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China Imposes Safeguard Measure Against Sugar Imports

2 June 2017

All imports of sugar exceeding the official annual quota level have been subject to an additional “safeguard” charge since 22 May 2017, according to a notice issued by the Ministry of Commerce....Read More

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Five Further Sectors Freed from Business Registration Prior Approval Requirement

1 June 2017

Prior approval for business registration in five further sectors is no longer required. The move now sees 87% of the 226 sectors that required prior approval up until 2013 now freed from such restrict...Read More

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