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New Protocols for Customs Supervision Areas Set for November Implementation

New guidelines spelling out the relevant procedures and jurisdictions that apply within customs supervision areas have been issued by the General Administration of Customs (GAC). Under the terms of these new regulations – Interim Measures of the People’s Republic of China for the Administration of Customs Supervision Areas – a customs supervision area is defined as any location duly designated by Article 100 of the Customs Law of the People’s Republic of China. Within these designated areas, the customs service is deemed to have overall control over all forms of transportation as well as over all items entering or exiting China. This authority extends across all of the relevant customs supervision areas, bonded zones, operational sites, duty-free outlets and all other locations deemed to be pertinent to customs supervision.

For its part, the customs service shall ensure that all relevant supervision areas have the infrastructure, inspection / testing facilities and any other relevant equipment required to conduct adequate customs supervision. The service is also mandated to exercise its authority with regards to inspecting all means of transport, as well as any items entering or leaving any customs supervision area, in accordance with the provisions of the Customs Law. In line with this, all inbound or outbound means of transport and any transiting items must only pass through the specified entry and exit points within the customs supervision areas. Similarly, all berthing, loading / unloading procedures and customs formalities must be completed within the designated customs supervision area.

Unless otherwise stipulated, all citizens and legal entities, as well as any other organisation engaged in business operations requiring legal approval within a customs supervision area, must conduct all such activities in accordance with the requirements of the relevant government department.

The Interim Measures will take effect as of 1 November 2017. As of the same date, the Measures for the Administration of Places Under Customs Supervision, previously promulgated as GAC Order No. 171 on 30 January 2008 and Article 6 of the Decision of the GAC on Amending Some Regulations promulgated as GAC Order No. 227 on 27 April 2015, will no longer apply.

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

Interim Measures of the PRC for the Administration of Customs Supervision Areas (GAC Order No. 232)

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