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Shanghai Announces Reform Measures to Improve Cross-Border Trade Environment

Shanghai recently introduced a raft of measures to improve its cross-border trade environment. These include:

  • The promotion of a “two-step declaration” mode of customs clearance for imported goods. Under this method, an enterprise makes a “preliminary declaration” then picks up its goods on completion of risk assessments and handling by customs. Full declaration will be made afterwards within the prescribed time.
  • The wider application of “pre-arrival declaration” for export items at Shanghai’s ports. Under this method, an enterprise can make a customs declaration up to three days before the arrival of goods at the customs supervision site on the condition that the goods are ready, containers are loaded and electronic data pertaining to the advance manifest is received. The goods will be inspected and released upon arrival at the customs supervision site.
  • The trial application of “ship-side delivery of export items” and “ship-side pick-up of imported goods” to speed up customs clearance and logistics.

Full details can be found in Several Measures for Further Deepening the Reform of Business Environment for Cross-Border Trade at Shanghai’s Ports, issued jointly by the Shanghai Municipal Commission of Commerce, the Shanghai Municipal Tax Service, the Shanghai Municipal Development and Reform Commission and four other departments. 

Source: Shanghai Municipal Commission of Commerce

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