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China Endorses Use of ATA Carnets for Temporary Importation of Goods

ATA carnets [internationally-recognised ‘product passports’] have been deemed an acceptable form of paperwork for the temporary ingress of certain categories of goods to mainland China.

More specifically, mainland customs authorities have honoured ATA carnets relating to goods temporarily imported as “special equipment” or “commercial samples” as of 9 January this year. Regardless of this, the statutory customs procedures will be deemed to apply to any accompanying temporarily-imported containers, their accessories and their supporting equipment, as well as to any components used in the repair of such containers.

The change follows the State Council’s formal endorsement of two Convention on Temporary Admission annexes  – Annex Concerning Professional Equipment (Annex B.2) and Annex Concerning Containers, Pallets, Packing Materials, Samples and Other Goods Imported in Connection with a Commercial Operation (Annex B.3).

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

Announcement of the General Administration of Customs on Clarification of Matters Concerning the Regulation of Temporary Import and Export of Goods (GAC Announcement No. 13 [2019])

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