27 March 2017
China to Scrap 41 Administrative Fees
The Ministry of Finance and the National Development and Reform Commission recently issued a circular saying that the State Council had approved the decision to clean up and regulate administrative fees in a bid to reduce burdens on businesses and individuals and promote the development of the real economy. Effective 1 April 2017, 41 administrative fees at the level of the central government will be cancelled or suspended. Trademark registration fees will also be halved.
Enterprise-related administrative fees totalling 12 in number will be cancelled. They concern many departments, including inspection and supervision fees collected by the Ministry of Public Security on frontiers other than ports, environmental monitoring service fees collected by environmental protection departments, and Halal food certification fees collected by religious affairs departments.
A total of 23 enterprise-related administrative fees will be suspended. They include imported waste material environmental review registration fees and chemical import registration fees collected by environmental protection departments, ship registration fees collected by transport departments, entry-exit inspection and quarantine fees and product quality supervision and inspection fees collected by departments of quality inspection, supervision and quarantine, and Good Manufacturing Practice and Good Supply Practice certification fees collected by the food and drug administration departments.
See full list of administrative fees to be scrapped (Chinese only).