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China Ends Import Licence Requirement for 118 Industrial Products

As of 1 January 2019, some 118 industrial and automotive products, including turbines and a range of chemical, paper and textile manufacturing equipment, will no longer require import licences, according to a new joint directive issued by the Ministry of Commerce (MOFCOM) and the General Administration of Customs (GAC). The statement, however, confirmed that securing licences for two classes of light commercial vehicles remains obligatory.

More specific details of the revised requirements are listed below:

  • A total of 118 tariff lines, across 15 categories, are to be exempt from compulsory import licencing. Among the newly licence-free categories are turbines, automobile products, engines (except those for use in vehicles covered in Chapter 87 of China’s tariff classification code), other key automotive components, hydro-turbines/motors, chemical apparatus, food production/processing machinery, paper manufacturing machinery, textile machinery, metallurgy equipment, electrical machines, locomotives, mobile communication products, marine craft, medical devices and games.
  • The import of all light commercial vehicles detailed in HS Code 8704210000 and HS Code 8704310000 will be contingent on the appropriate import licence being secured.

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

MOFCOM and GAC Announcement No.95 (2018)  

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