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New E-Commerce Law Set for January 2019 Implementation

New regulations governing the online sale of products and services are set to come into force as of 1 January 2019. Under the terms of these incoming requirements, all e-commerce-focussed businesses must complete the statutory registration procedures, except in those instances where their online transactions are restricted to self-produced agricultural products (and related items), home-produced handicrafts or services for which no legal permit needs to be secured.

This new legislation - The E-Commerce Law of the People’s Republic of China as adopted at the Fifth Session of the 13th National People’s Congress (NPC) Standing Committee in August this year - does not extend to financial products / services, the distribution of news and cultural content (or other audio / video information), with such sectors subject to separate regulation.

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

E-Commerce Law of the People’s Republic of China

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