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State Council Announces Plan to Optimise Business Environment at Checkpoints

The State Council issued the Work Plan on Optimising Business Environment at Customs Checkpoints to Promote Cross-border Trade Facilitation on 19 October. The Plan seeks to reduce the number of items subject to import-export supervision by streamlining and simplifying customs clearance procedures, further optimise business environment at checkpoints, and promote cross-border trade facilitation. One of its aims is to reduce by half by the end of 2020 the cost of compliance in the container import and export segment compared to 2017. Among the main points of this plan were the following:

  • The number of certificates required in completing customs clearance will be reduced from 86 to 48 as of 1 November 2018.
  • Applications for all customs supervision documents will be filed and processed online before the end of 2020.  
  • More convenient customs clearance measures will be implemented at the Hong Kong and Macau checkpoints, and the model of “integrated clearance for passenger and goods vehicles” plying between the ports of Guangdong, Hong Kong and Macau will be promoted at checkpoints that meet the required criteria.
  • Inspection and quarantine procedures will be optimised to expedite the clearance and release of fresh/live goods on the prerequisite of bringing risks under control. Experience of collaboration will be summed up and subsequently promoted. A list of fresh/live agricultural and sideline products will be jointly drawn up with the relevant countries bordering China, and a fast-track “green channel” model will be set up for these products.
  • A list of port charges will be publicised by the end of October 2018. Charges may not be collected on unlisted items.

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

State Council Circular on Issuance of Work Plan on Optimising Business Environment at Customs Checkpoints to Promote Cross-border Trade Facilitation (Guo Fa No. 37 [2018])

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