Customs Clearance China

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Customs Clearance China

Customs clearance can be conducted at any one of the many customs offices in China. A commercial invoice, packing list and the CIF (cost, insurance and freight) must be provided for the shipment. It is also important to make sure that all documentation shows the complete country name as “People’s Republic of China.”

Issues in customs clearance

Customs clearance in China might possess a big trade barrier. Especially because of the lack of transparency regarding regulations of tariffs, contingents of imports and licenses, processes for import and sales of Non-Chinese goods are often complicated.[1] In addition to that, due to different settlement systems complications might occur regarding the classification of products. Mainly in the field of harmonized customs tariff numbers (HS Codes) companies are often confronted with extensive issues.

Obligatory certificates

For products which require Chinese certificates, copies of the respective documents (CCC, CEL, CFDA, CRCC, HAF 604, etc.) must be enclosed to the exporting goods. Depending on the applicable regulations, the certified products have to be marked and a printing permission has to be obtained. In case that assembled products are certified as a system, it is of importance to send the goods assembled to China. Otherwise it is possible that the customs officers demand certificates for every single components. Many companies expect a smooth customs clearance process in China because their products are not mandatory for a certification. However, it often occurs that products are detained in customs clearance with a note saying certifications are required. In most cases, the HS Code, product name or a product specification implies a certification obligation so that customs officers expect a certificate. If products are wrongfully detained in customs but the products are not obliged for a certification, the manufacturer still has to cover the costs for storage, destroying the goods or send them back to the country of origin.

Customs Clearance of Used Machines

For the import of used machines, a specific import license and approval of the China Certification and Inspection Group (CCIC) is required.[2] Barriers for the import of used machines exist due to the contingencies and restrictions imposed. The exact product-specific regulations are accessible at the CCIC.


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