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China Extends and Enhances Cross-Border E-Commerce Preferential Policies

Inward-bound cross-border e-commerce deliveries to the mainland will continue to enjoy preferential import treatment in line with a 21 November directive from the State Council. The communique also specified that the number of cities benefitting from this policy would rise from 15 to 37, while a further 63 product categories would fall within its remit. The maximum value of individual transactions and annual personal allowances will also increase.

In terms of more specific details:

  • The policies currently in place with regard to cross-border e-commerce imports will be extended beyond 1 January 2019. In line with this, it will not be necessary for prior permission to be secured or registration/record filing procedures to be completed for first-time imported items ordered via a cross-border e-commerce platform. Instead, such items will be deemed as personal use items and treated in accordance with the procedures governing goods carried into China by arriving individuals.In addition to the 15 cities that currently benefit from the preferential cross-border e-commerce regime, this entitlement will be extended to a further 22 cities, including Beijing, Shenyang, Nanjing, Wuhan, Xi’an and Xiamen, all of which have now established comprehensive cross-border e-commerce pilot zones. For those cities outside of this pilot programme, all the statutory duties and requirements apply to any such imports.
  • The zero-tariff entitlement and preferential rates of VAT and consumption tax (currently 70% of the statutory level) that apply to certain cross-border e-commerce retail imports will be extended to cover a further 63 categories of high-demand goods. At the same time, the limit on the value of goods eligible for these preferential policies will be raised from RMB2,000 to RMB5,000 per transaction and from RMB20,000 to RMB26,000 per person per year. The limit will be further adjusted in line with future increases in average consumer income, whenever appropriate.
  • The applicable tax rebate and other relevant policies will be enhanced in line with international best practice in order to boost the overall level of cross-border e-commerce exports.
  • Steps will be taken to ensure all cross-border e-commerce enterprises, platforms and payment and logistics service providers meet their statutory obligations. In line with this, checks on product quality will be stepped up, while there will be increased vigilance with regard to safety monitoring and risk prevention in order to ensure fair competition and to protect consumers.

For further details, please access the following links:

State Council Executive Meeting Decides to Continue and Improve Policies on Retail Imports Via Cross-Border E-Commerce and Extend the Scope of These Policies (in Chinese)

Establishment of 22 New E-Commerce Pilot Zones Formally Approved

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