Announcement on Adjusting Entry-exit Commodity Catalog Subject to Inspection and Quarantine by Entry-exit Inspection and Quarantine Agencies

Written by: Wei Feng, CEO of Shanghai E-Heng Import and Export Co., Ltd 

The Administration of Quality Supervision and the General Administration of Customs announced as of August 15th 2013, according to the issued Announcement on Adjusting Entry-exit Commodity Catalog Subject to Inspection and Quarantine by Entry-exit Inspection and Quarantine Agencies (“the Announcement”), 1507 customs commodities code items under the general industrial manufactured goods no longer require an export commodity inspection. Goods under 1,420 customs commodity code items are transferred out of under the Exit Commodity Catalog Subject to Inspection and Quarantine by Entry-exit Inspection and Quarantine Agencies; goods under 87 customs commodity code items are subject to the Exit Animal and Plant Quarantine, thus remaining in the Exit Commodity Catalog Subject to Inspection and Quarantine by Entry-exit Inspection and Quarantine Agencies.

Being part of the import and export business for over ten years, the news is undoubtedly very exciting for our clients.

Before this legislation was issued, export projects could cost from just a few dollars to thousands of dollars. The total project range was a considerable investment, particularly when the project involved laboratory tests.  This not only cost money but it also delayed delivery.

In order for an application to receive an export replacement slip or go through export customs formalities, it normally takes three to four work days. For factories with no inspection experience, this time period takes longer, which represents a high cost and delays in the delivery of goods.

As a result of this long and tedious procedure most of our export customers prefer to risk their chances by paying for illegal inspection channels.

What is crucial is the general quality of inspection work. Nearly sixty percent of the law reviews content within the commodity conventional performance test, which has to do with quality, quantity, weight, size, type, packaging, etc. Foreign buyers and the Government do not endorse the Chinese commodity inspection. They believe in the third-party inspection agency certificate.

Huo Jianguo, from the Commerce Department’s National Trade and Economic Cooperation Research Institute, considers that the current foreign trade policy is unlikely to raise the export tax refund, which is already at its highest point. The State Administration of Foreign Exchange of Trade in goods management system has made efforts to abolish the export verification, as well as the adjustment of trade facilitation and space, which will inevitable simplify the process of commodity inspection and customs.

Considering the current condition of China, this is really good news. The elimination of the export commodity inspection terms should become a permanent rather than a temporary provision.

(Source: http://www.aqsiq.gov.cn/)

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