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Customs Launches Pilot Reform Separating Business Licences and Operation Permits

As of 1 December all business operation permits have been separated from business licences. The change was revealed by the General Administration of Customs in its recent Announcement on Launching the Full-Coverage Pilot Reform of ‘Separating Business Licences and Operation Permits’ (No. 182 [2019]). The main tasks of the pilot reform include:

Replacement of approval with record-filing

Record-filing will replace approval when pilot free trade zones registered enterprises apply for customs declaration entities registration and when export food manufacturers nationwide apply for record-filing verification and approval.

Compliance promise

A ‘compliance promise’ system will be implemented in issuing Port Health Permits (Public Venues) for the port areas of all pilot free trade zones.

Optimisation of approval services

Approval services will be optimised nationwide for issuing Inspection Permits for Import/Export Commodity Inspection and Appraisal Business, Port Health Permits (Food and Drinking Water) and 10 other permits.

Source: General Administration of Customs

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