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China Confirms Changes to Provisional Import-Export Tariffs

The provisional import and export tariffs on a range of goods were revised as of 1 January this year in line with a prior announcement by the State Council Customs Tariff Commission. This has seen new provisional tax rates applied to such items as food stuffs and various categories of industrial equipment, while duty on several information technology products will be removed and the rates for a raft of other IT products reduced as of 1 July.

In addition, duty on goods from eight counties has been cut, while there is now no duty payable on Hong Kong- or Macau-origin items. Import tariff rate quota management, however, remains unchanged in the case of eight commodities (including wheat). Export duties have also been abolished across 94 export categories, with duty remaining unchanged on a further 108 items (including ferrochrome), with these amended regulations, again, applying as of 1 January this year.

Among the highlights of the adjusted tariff regime are the following:

  • As of 1 January, provisional import tax rates have been levied on 706 goods classifications, ranging from food products and consumer goods to industrial raw materials, industrial equipment and instruments. Provisional import duties on 14 information technology products will be removed as of 1 July
  • The MFN import tariff rate on information technology products listed in the Amendment to the Schedule of Tariff Concessions for the Accession of the People’s Republic of China to the World Trade Organisation will be reduced for the fourth time with effect from 1 July
  • China will continue to implement tariff rate quota management on eight categories of commodities, including wheat, with tariff rates remaining unchanged
  • As of 1 January, the bound tariff rates relating to eight countries, including New Zealand and Peru, as well as United Nations ESCAP member countries, were further reduced, while products from Hong Kong and Macau were granted zero tariff status in line with the CEPA agreements
  • The preferential tax rates relating to UN ESCAP member countries will be reduced further in accordance with the relevant agreed stipulations
  • As of 1 January, 108 export commodities, including ferrochrome, have been subject to export duty or provisional export duty, with the tariff rate remaining unchanged. On the same date, the provisional export duty on 94 export items was abolished

For further details (in Chinese), please access the following link:

Circular of the Customs Tariff Commission of the State Council on the 2019 Plan for Adjustments to Temporary Tariff Rates for Imports and Exports and Other Tax Rates (Shui Wei Hui No. 65 [2018])

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