17 Nov 2016
China Extends Transitional Period for Supervision of Cross-Border E-Commerce Retail Imports
The supervision of cross-border e-commerce retail imports was initially offered a period of transition which is scheduled to end in May next year. In order to ensure a smoother transition, this transitional period has been extended to the end of 2017 with the approval of the departments concerned.
The Ministry of Commerce pointed out on its website that a one-year transitional period will be offered for supervision requirements for cross-border e-commerce retail imports starting from 11 May 2016 in the 10 pilot cities of Tianjin, Shanghai, Hangzhou, Ningbo, Zhengzhou, Guangzhou, Shenzhen, Chongqing, Fuzhou and Pingtan. What this means is that online shopping bonded goods entering the bonded zones in these cities will be exempted from checks of their Customs Clearance Certificates and that import permits, registration or filing will not be required for first-time imported cosmetics, baby formula, medical equipment and special food products (including health food products and food for special medical purposes). Import permit, registration or filing requirements will also be exempted for direct purchase imports in all areas.
For further details in Chinese, please visit the website of the Ministry of Commerce at http://www.mofcom.gov.cn/article/ae/ag/201611/20161101760012.shtml.