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Inspection and Quarantine Procedures Revised for Industrial and Tobacco Imports/Exports

A number of changes to the Catalogue of Entry-Exit Commodities Subject to Inspection and Quarantine by the Entry-Exit Inspection and Quarantine Authorities came into effect as of 1 November this year. All of the amended provisions are in accordance with the Law of the People’s Republic of China on Import and Export Commodity Inspection, as well as its accompanying implementation regulations.

Two changes have been deemed to have particular significance:

1. Abolition of customs supervision requirement “A” for 158 HS coded industrial goods categories

In essence, this means the inspection and quarantine authorities will no longer conduct entry inspections or enforce mandatory quarantine procedures with regard to these specified commodities.

2. Abolition of customs supervision requirement “A” for tobacco products under four HS codes

In line with this amendment, the inspection and quarantine authorities will no longer conduct entry inspections or enforce mandatory quarantine procedures with regard to these specified commodities, although mandatory exit inspection procedures and quarantine requirements remain in force.

The adjustments were jointly announced by the General Administration of Quality Supervision, Inspection and Quarantine (AQSIQ) and the General Administration of Customs (GAC).

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

Announcement of the AQSIQ and the GAC on Adjustments to the Catalogue of Entry-Exit Commodities Subject to Inspection and Quarantine by the Entry-Exit Inspection and Quarantine Authorities (No. 93 [2017])

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